Slick roads, flood warnings make for messy weekend

WASHINGTON — Saturday was a good day to stay indoors, find a favorite film to watch — and avoid some of the flooded roads caused by heavy rainfall over Friday and Sunday.

It will take time for floodwaters, streams and creeks to recede after the powerful, slow-moving, low pressure center that pummeled the D.C area with 3 to 7 inches of rainfall and flooding.

Several streams and river gauges reached flood stage or approached flood stage, including Rock Creek.

Total rainfall in D.C. reached 4.56 inches, the National Weather Service reported. Montgomery County, Maryland, saw the highest rainfall regionwide, with some areas getting almost 7 inches. Arlington County topped other Virginia counties at 5.45 inches.

The National Weather Service has also issued warnings that shallow-rooted and weakened trees may topple over, even without strong winds.



Flood Warning

  • East central Prince George’s County in Maryland (until 6 a.m.)
  • Opequon Creek near Martinsburg, West Virginia (until Sunday evening)

Heavy rains moved out of the area Saturday afternoon but showers remain. (Courtesy Storm Team4)



Weekend forecast and beyond

As high pressure — the source of the dry airmass — settles closer to the Mid-Atlantic, the region will enjoy a much better day Sunday with sunshine, low humidity and highs in the low- to mid-80s.

If you’re planning a barbecue or a game of basketball, the weather will cooperate just fine.

High pressure will keep dry weather and a good deal of sunshine around Monday through Wednesday along with comfortably warm temperatures in the upper 80s to near 90 and a bit more humidity each day.

Keep in mind the weather conditions as you plan your commute. Visit WTOP’s traffic page for the latest updates, follow WTOP on Twitter @WTOPtraffic, and listen to live traffic reports every 10 minutes on 103.5 FM or via our online stream.

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WTOP’s Jack Pointer, Abigail Constantino, Reem Nadeem, Hanna Choi, William Vitka and NBC Storm Team 4 Meteorologist Steve Prinzivalli contributed to this report.

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