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.
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.
Radar estimates (1st img) from NWS Sterling site show that many areas in VA and southern MD have picked up over 3″ of rainfall this week. The red and pink areas are getting more heavy showers/storms this afternoon. #wtop pic.twitter.com/9S7wrldt7y
— Matt C Ritter WTOP (@MetMattRitter) February 11, 2018
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.
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