Heavy rains in forecast

flood watch issued

Storm system to arrive in region tonight, with 1 to 2 inches expected

April 01, 2005|By Baltimoresun.com Staff

The National Weather Service has posted flood watches through Saturday for much of Maryland, northern Virginia and the District of Columbia, wrapping up a significantly wetter March than usual, forecasters said.

The flood watch covers most Maryland counties and will be in effect until 8 p.m. Saturday.

As a low-pressure system over the Gulf Coast this morning intensifies and reaches the Mid-Atlantic, rain is expected to develop in Maryland early tonight, becoming heavy at times later this evening.

One to two inches of rain is expected, with higher amounts possible in selected areas.

The rains may cause streams and creeks to overflow, and river flooding is also possible late Saturday into Sunday, forecasters said. They noted that areas where grounds are still saturated from showers earlier in the week are at greater risk.

Motorists are advised to avoid driving through standing water, especially in road dips and underpasses.

Temperatures will be about 50 degrees tonight with east winds 10 to 20 mph.

On Saturday the rain will continue with a high of about 60 degrees.

The weather service said the system is expected to move off shore Saturday evening, with weather conditions clearing up by Sunday and Monday. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid 50s, warming up to the mid 60s, with overnight lows of about 40 degrees.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

April 1, 2005, 10:57 AM EST

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