Foul Weather Expected to Last Through Tomorrow
A fierce storm that pounded Southern states with wind and rain made its way into the Washington area early last night, beginning with light showers but with as much as one to two inches expected by late today.
Winds are expected to gust as high as 15 to 20 mph, creating conditions unlikely to prove conducive to outdoor activity.
By 9:45 p.m., the National Weather Service reported that a front stretched from the lower Ohio River Valley as far south as the coast of Louisiana.
About that time, rain had begun in most parts of the im-
mediate Washington area, including Dulles International Airport, Leesburg and Quantico. It still appeared that the brunt of the storm was yet to come, as the system continued to move northeast, and the Weather Service said scattered spots might receive three inches of rain before the storm ended.
Rain was also reported in Baltimore as well as in Delaware and on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
After blowing through the Washington area, the northeaster is expected to re-form and gather steam late tonight and into tomorrow, pummeling communities in the Interstate 95 corridor from Richmond to Maine with wind and rain — and, farther north, possibly snow and widespread flooding.
Around the region, winds will be fiercest tomorrow, with gusts up to 50 mph, meteorologists said, though little precipitation is expected then.
The gusting winds tomorrow in the Washington area will be “the worst part of the storm in terms of dramatics” for local residents, AccuWeather meteorologist Alex J. Sosnowski said.
The National Weather Service issued a flood watch expected to be in effect through today for the Washington area. One to two inches of rain are likely, but any area that receives up to three inches of rain could risk deep standing water in roads or streams spilling out of their banks, said Richard Hitchens, a forecaster with the National Weather Service.