Rain moves across DC region for a damp Mother’s Day weekend

Don’t ask mom for a rain check — make Mother’s Day plans indoors as the National Weather Service issued a flood watch for parts of the D.C. area. Here’s what you need to know about the weekend’s rainy weather.

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In southwestern Virginia, tornado watches and warnings were issued Friday night, and severe storms battered the Charlottesville area. Virginia State Police reported inches of hail in Wytheville, as well as flooding and damage to buildings.

The stormy weather is courtesy of a low-pressure center slowly moving from the Ohio Valley toward the area. Expect “waves of rain” through Sunday morning, Storm Team4 meteorologist Amelia Draper said.

The heaviest rain was seen northwestern Virginia and along the border between Maryland and Pennsylvania, such as Frederick County. Up to 4 inches of rain were expected, with the rest of the D.C. area getting between 1 to 3 inches.

Frederick County Fire Division of Fire and Rescue Services reported a water rescue of one person from a car caught in high water in Emmitsburg.

After the rain Friday night, fog will crawl through the area Saturday.

Saturday will be cloudy and cool with highs in the upper 50s. The storm will finally exit the area by early Sunday but the clouds will remain stubborn and northerly winds will keep it unseasonably cool, with highs only in the middle to upper 50s —  about 10 to 15 degrees below average.

The new work week will begin with a partly cloudy sky next Monday with highs in the upper 60s.


FRIDAY NIGHT: Rain, heavy at times. Some thunder possible. Rainfall over 1 inch likely. Wind east 5 to 15 mph. Lows upper 40s to mid 50s.

SATURDAY: Cloudy, windy and rainy. Additional 1 or more inches likely. Flooding concerns increase. Wind northeast 15 to 25 mph. Highs low to mid 50s.

SUNDAY: Rain early. Scattered afternoon showers. Windy and cool. Northeast wind 15 to 25 mph. Highs low to mid 50s.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy. Breezy. Northeast wind 10 to 20 mph. Highs in the mid to upper 60s

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Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University.

Jessica Kronzer

Jessica Kronzer graduated from James Madison University in May 2021 after studying media and politics. She enjoys covering politics, advocacy and compelling human-interest stories.

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