Thanks to Tropical Depression Nicole, moderate to heavy rain covered the D.C. region Friday, with some areas experiencing strong thunderstorms and street flooding.
The remnants of Nicole worked their way up the East Coast all day. Nicole, which started as a Category 1 hurricane but weakened to a tropical depression after its landfall in Florida, made its arrival in the region for a waterlogged Friday afternoon and evening commute.
“Showers and storms will multiply across the region through sunset and exit by early Saturday before daybreak,” StormTeam4 meteorologist Chad Merrill said. “A few downpours will produce ponding of water on roadways, with perhaps one or two severe storms capable of gusty winds and a tornado.”
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Rain remained steady into Saturday morning. Parts of the region experienced flooding, especially along historically flood-prone highways, underpasses, small streams and low-lying urban areas.
“A few rivers and creeks, including the Severn River in Annapolis and Patapsco River in Baltimore will see minor flooding for a brief time this evening, otherwise, water levels will stay in check for our area rivers,” Merrill said.
StormTeam4 meteorologist Steve Prinzivalli told WTOP 1-2 inches of rainfall fell in the D.C. region. The stormy weather was expected to leave the area by sunrise Saturday morning, with some clearing.
There will be a chance of a shower again late in the day on Saturday as a cold front comes into the region. Behind the front, on Sunday and Monday, it will be blustery and colder with highs only in the 40s to around 50.
Just how cold will it get next week?
According to Merrill, we’re in for a cold front with historical echoes that sparks a seven to 10-day period of below-average temperatures.
“There is also a good chance for a few flurries to make it into D.C. on the heels of one of several systems expected to push through the East early into the Thanksgiving holiday week,” Merrill said.
FRIDAY NIGHT: Areas of rain, diminishing toward 2 a.m., breezy and mild. Lows in the low 60s.
SATURDAY: Partly sunny, breezy, and pleasant. A few rain showers at night. Highs in the low 70s.
SUNDAY: Partly sunny, blustery and cooler. Highs in the low 50s.
MONDAY: Mostly sunny and chilly. A widespread frost is possible at night. Highs in the upper 40s.
TUESDAY: Early sun giving way to increasing clouds with showers arriving. Highs in the upper 40s.
WTOP’s Alejandro Alvarez, Colleen Kelleher, Ivy Lyons and Jack Moore contributed to this report.