Rainfall causes flooding, road closures

The rain is causing road closures and delays.
Flooding is pictured on West Catharpin Road in Spotsylvania, Virginia. (Courtesy Marcus Hoyt)
Flooding is pictured on West Catharpin Road in Spotsylvania, Virginia. (Courtesy Marcus Hoyt)
Authorities warn drivers not to risk driving on a road that appears to be flooded. (Courtesy Marcus Hoyt)
(Courtesy Marcus Hoyt)
A flood watch is in effect for much of the D.C. area until 12 a.m. Monday. (Courtesy Marcus Hoyt)
Flooding is pictured on West Catharpin Road in Spotsylvania, Virginia. (Courtesy Marcus Hoyt)

WASHINGTON — Heavy rains falling over the weekend have led to flood watches and warnings throughout the D.C. region. The rain lasted through Sunday, and some roads were closed due to rising waters and flooding.


In Maryland, a flood warning issued for north Charles County and southern Prince George’s County was extended until 12:15 a.m. Monday. The flood warnings in east Prince George’s County and Anne Arundel County were extended until 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

In Virginia, a flood warning for Stafford and Spotsylvania counties along with the City of Fredericksburg expired at 7:45 p.m. Sunday.

A flood watch that affected most of the D.C. area on Sunday has been canceled.

Temperatures on Sunday varied depending on location within the D.C. area, although temperatures everywhere were above normal. North and west of D.C., temperatures hovered in the 40s and 50s. South and east of D.C., temperatures topped out in the 50s and 60s.

The showers will wind down by early Monday morning. It will be breezy and temperatures will drop into the mid to upper 40s.

A very light wintry mix is possible on Tuesday.


The rain is flooding roads throughout the area and causing delays. In Charles County, several roads are closed or partially closed due to high water.

In Anne Arundel County, Md. Route 214 is closed at Fern Hill Court due to flooding and traffic is being diverted.

Here’s a look at traffic conditions throughout the region.

The drought

When it rains, it pours. But the bout of moisture might not be a bad thing for the D.C. area.

Following the recent period of sleet and rain, the much needed precipitation will continue to fall, potentially putting an end to the severe drought that has troubled the D.C. area.



Some areas have seen up to 3 inches of total rainfall.

WTOP’s Dave Dildine said that the area has seen a precipitation deficit of about 5 to 8 inches, and the weekend rain may help steer the area out of its severe drought status.

Current conditions

Check WTOP’s weather page for updates on conditions and WTOP’s traffic center to see how the winter weather is affecting the roads.

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