Foul Weather Ex­pected to Last Through To­mor­row

The Washington Post Sunday - - Metro - By An­nie Gowen

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.

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