Much-needed rainfall saturated Maryland today, but periods of heavy downpours could produce flooding in some parts of the state, forecasters said.
The National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., issued a flood watch today that will be in effect through Saturday afternoon for most of the state west of the Chesapeake Bay.
The rain is expected to taper off to light showers by Saturday evening.
Totals of three to six inches are expected by late Saturday afternoon, according to the weather service.
The precipitation may cause some small creeks and streams to overflow their banks and also may bring flooding to some low-lying areas.
Motorists are advised to exercise caution as intermittent periods of torrential rain could make roadways slick and reduce visibility.
Temperatures tonight will fall to around 70 degrees, with highs tomorrow expected to remain about 70.
October 7, 2005, 5:38 PM EDT