Cloudy start from overnight rain gives way to sunshine Friday

Most of the rain has left the D.C. area, and there could still be some flooding on vulnerable area roadways and along small streams. But Friday will see some sunshine and seasonably pleasant temperatures. Here’s what you need to know.

There may still be some isolated showers and patchy drizzle overnight. Friday will start off cloudy, but by late morning to midday, you will see sunshine from west to east.

The afternoon will be pleasant, with highs in the upper 50s to low 60s, Storm Team4 meteorologist Amelia Draper said.

“Friday will start out gloomy but there will be some sunshine in the afternoon and Saturday will be a dry and chilly day,” Storm Team4 meteorologist Mike Stinneford said. “It will be a bit warmer on Sunday, but there will be a chance of some light rain as a cold front approaches.”

Flood warnings were in effect throughout Thursday, which have all expired. The rain also led to changes in schedule for several schools in the area, such as Stafford and Spotsylvania counties in Virginia.

On Friday, Spotsylvania County schools will have a two-hour delay due to high-standing water.

The school system is operating under a hybrid learning model, with some students going in person Monday and Tuesday and another group going to the classrooms Thursday and Friday.

The rain caused significant flooding, especially in southern Maryland, where numerous roads were closed. By 5:30 a.m., over 5 inches of rain had fallen in the area, and another 1 to 2 inches predicted, Storm Team4 meteorologist Chuck Bell reported.

In Culpeper, Virginia, emergency crews responded to a car trapped in water on the 17600 block of Kellys Ford Road, as well as a car upside down in water on Coffeewood Drive.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office in Maryland said several roads, including Turkey Hill Road at Dower Hill Farm Place and the 6500 block of Bumpy Oak Road, were shut down before 5 a.m. due to flooding.

Bell said that this year marked the rainiest Veterans Day on record in D.C., with 2.02 inches of rain.


The first part of next week is forecast to be chilly with highs only around 50 degrees.

Thursday afternoon/evening: Widely scattered showers tapering off to drizzle. Colder. Lows: low to mid 40s

Friday: Morning clouds and drizzle. Some afternoon sunshine. Highs: upper 50s to lower 60s.

Saturday: Mostly sunny and cool. Highs: upper 40s to mid 50s.

Sunday: Partly sunny and warmer. A few sprinkles of rain in the afternoon. Highs: upper 50s to lower 60s.

Monday: Sunny and chilly. Highs: low 50s.

Current conditions:

WTOP’s Abigail Constantino contributed to this report.

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