A steady, soaking rain today may lead to flooding around Fairfax County and Northern Virginia.
The National Weather Service says 1-3 inches of rain will fall today, with the heaviest rain between 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The rain may cause creeks and streams to rise and flood low-lying areas, forecasters say.
A soaking rain is expected for most of the area today and a Flood Watch is in effect for portions of the area. For more details on the Flood Watch, click on the image attached. pic.twitter.com/FM05bEkfXs
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) March 21, 2019
More from NWS:
…FLOOD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM EDT THIS MORNING THROUGH THIS EVENING… THE FLOOD WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR * PORTIONS OF MARYLAND, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA, INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS, IN MARYLAND, ANNE ARUNDEL, CARROLL, CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST HOWARD, CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST MONTGOMERY, FREDERICK MD, NORTHERN BALTIMORE, NORTHWEST HARFORD, NORTHWEST HOWARD, NORTHWEST MONTGOMERY, PRINCE GEORGES, SOUTHEAST HARFORD, AND SOUTHERN BALTIMORE. THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA, ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA, EASTERN LOUDOUN, FAIRFAX, PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK, AND WESTERN LOUDOUN. * FROM 10 AM EDT THIS MORNING THROUGH THIS EVENING * A WIDESPREAD SOAKING RAIN OF 1 TO 2 INCHES IS EXPECTED. ISOLATED AMOUNTS OF AROUND 3 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE. THE STEADIEST RAIN IS EXPECTED BETWEEN 10 AM THIS MORNING AND 6 PM THIS EVENING, WITH RESIDUAL RUNOFF POSSIBLY PERSISTING THROUGH LATE THIS EVENING. * THESE RAINFALL AMOUNTS MAY CAUSE SMALL STREAMS AND CREEKS TO GO OUT OF THEIR BANKS, AS WELL AS CAUSE FLOODING OF LOW-LYING, URBAN AND POOR DRAINAGE AREAS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON CURRENT FORECASTS. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP. &&
950a: Very impressive radar shows moderate to heavy rain soaking the region. Allow extra time and take it slow — likely to have some ponding of water on roads. pic.twitter.com/o58JAkNZtp
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) March 21, 2019
Some flight delays have been reported at Reagan National Airport as a result of the rain.
March showers bring… April showers? ☔️ Some flights are being impacted by today’s gloomy, rainy weather. It’s always a good idea to double check the status of your flight directly with the airline prior to coming to the airport. pic.twitter.com/62XNLNIItf
— Reagan Airport (@Reagan_Airport) March 21, 2019