Steady rain brings flood risk, cooler temps to DC region

FILE: A woman holds an umbrella amid rain and traffic at the intersection of Western Avenue and Wisconsin Avenue in Northwest D.C.’s Friendship Heights neighborhood. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez)

Steady rain will bring cooler, autumn-like temperatures to the D.C. area, but it may also bring some isolated flooding to some parts. Here’s what you need to know.

“Some rumbles of thunder, gusty winds and pockets of heavier rain are possible” overnight, Storm Team4 Amelia Draper said. Most locations will pick up less than an inch of rain, but some isolated areas could see up to 2 inches.

Afternoon and evening commuters should plan for slick roadways.

Rain should be leave the area early Wednesday morning, between 4 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Wednesday will be pleasant overall, with clouds giving way to increasing sunshine, breezy winds and highs in the 70s, seasonable for this time of year, Draper said.

Thursday will be another spectacular autumn day with highs in the 70s and plenty of sun. A cold front will approach the area later Thursday bringing clouds and some showers to the area overnight Thursday into Friday morning. This front will bring reinforcing cold air to the region for Friday and the weekend.

“High temperatures Friday into the weekend will only warm into the 60s. The weekend will be the quintessential fall weekend for having a bonfire, going to the pumpkin patch or enjoying some warm apple cider outdoors,” Draper said.


Tuesday night: Widespread rain. Lows in the mid 60s to upper 50s.

Wednesday: Showers before daybreak, clearing to sunshine with falling humidity. Highs near 70s.

Thursday: A mix of sun and clouds, with a passing afternoon thunderstorm possible. Highs in the upper 60s to lower 70s.

Friday: A chance of showers in the morning. Partly cloudy with highs in the mid 60s.

Saturday: Clear skies, with highs in the mid to upper 60s.

Current conditions:

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.

Alejandro Alvarez

Alejandro Alvarez joined WTOP as a digital journalist and editor in June 2018. He is a reporter and photographer focusing on politics, political activism and international affairs.

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