More showers, heavy downpours cover DC region

As a gray, rainy Monday ground on, parts of the D.C. region saw showers and heavy downpours Monday afternoon and evening.

A warm front touched off some scattered slow-moving thunderstorms and showers, Storm Team4 meteorologist Matt Ritter said.

During the afternoon and evening hours, torrential rain moved into a lot of areas, and the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning until 2:30 a.m. Tuesday for parts of D.C.; Montgomery County in Maryland; and Arlington and Fairfax counties in Virginia.

More showers and storms are expected Tuesday afternoon.

The rest of the week will not be any better — that is, unless you love rain and storms. Wet weather is in the forecast for almost the entire workweek and could remain a nuisance into the weekend, as the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred move up the East Coast after landfall along the Gulf.

Earlier Monday, a flash food watch for part of the region expired.

High-standing water from brief morning showers led to some trouble on area roadways: In Centreville, Virginia, the WTOP Traffic Center reports some eastbound delays on Interstate 66 before Exit 53 due to flooding along the right side.

Late-night flooding over the weekend stranded vehicles in Alexandria and Arlington. Parts of Northern Virginia received over 5 inches of rain in under two hours overnight from Saturday into Sunday, when a lack of atmospheric steering caused storms to virtually stall over populated areas.


Monday night: Areas of rain and a lingering storm possible. Humid, with lows in the 70s.

Tuesday: Mostly to partly cloudy and humid, with showers and storms possible. Highs in the mid 80s.

Wednesday: Cloudy with storms possible. Humid. Highs in the mid 80s.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid to upper 80s.

Current conditions:

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.

Glynis Kazanjian

Glynis Kazanjian has been a freelance writer covering Maryland politics and government on the local, state and federal levels for the last 11 years. Her work is published in Maryland Matters, the Baltimore Post Examiner, Bethesda Beat and Md. Reporter. She has also worked as a true crime researcher.

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