A flood watch has been issued for Arlington and the surrounding areas in light of the heavy rains that are predicted for this afternoon.
The National Weather Service issued the watch, which begins at 3:00 p.m. and remains in effect through the evening.
* A PERIOD OF MODERATE TO LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL IS EXPECTED TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. RAINFALL TOTALS BETWEEN ONE AND TWO INCHES ARE EXPECTED.
* LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL MAY CAUSE SMALL STREAMS AND CREEKS TO RISE OUT OF THEIR BANKS…OVERFLOWING LOW LYING AND URBAN AREAS. DO NOT EVER DRIVE INTO FLOOD WATERS.
A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON CURRENT FORECASTS.
YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP.
Although the rains should stop by tonight, the effects could be felt for several days. The NWS has also issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the area.
.DAY ONE…TODAY AND TONIGHT
HEAVY RAIN THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING HAS THE POTENTIAL TO CAUSE FLOODING OF STREAMS AND LOW AREAS IN THE WASHINGTON AND BALTIMORE METRO AREAS. A FLOOD WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THESE AREAS.
OVER THE WATERS…GUSTY WINDS ARE EXPECTED TODAY AND TONIGHT AND A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED.
TIDES WILL BE HIGHER THAN NORMAL DUE TO ONSHORE WINDS. FOR THOSE ALONG THE WESTERN SHORE OF THE MARYLAND CHESAPEAKE BAY AND THE SHORELINE OF THE TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER…MINOR TIDAL FLOODING IS POSSIBLE DURING THE TIMES OF HIGH TIDE BETWEEN THIS AFTERNOON AND WEDNESDAY MORNING.
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY
OVER THE WATERS…GUSTY WINDS MAY REMAIN STRONG ENOUGH TO NEED A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT.
TIDES WILL BE HIGHER THAN NORMAL DUE TO ONSHORE WINDS. FOR THOSE ALONG THE WESTERN SHORE OF THE MARYLAND CHESAPEAKE BAY AND THE SHORELINE OF THE TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER…MINOR TIDAL FLOODING IS POSSIBLE DURING THE TIMES OF HIGH TIDE WEDNESDAY MORNING.
RAIN OR SNOW SHOWERS ARE POSSIBLE WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY.