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Dangerous Weather to Impact Washington Area
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Local forecasters and the National Weather Service are forecasting a significant rainfall event across the Washington D.C. Metro area beginning right now and continuing through tomorrow. Rainfall amounts of over 5 inches are possible in some areas with the vast majority of locations totalling in with 3-5 inches.

All of this rainfall is streaming northward from the south and is already making the afternoon damp in the metro area. Tropical Storm Nicole will handoff some of her energy to another low pressure center that is expected to develop over portions of the east coast. As this second low pressure area develops, copious amounts of rainfall will stream in.

In addition to the rainfall threat, there is a very small chance of isolated tornadoes to the east of the low pressure track. However, this chance is low. Even so, it is a threat that will need to be monitored in case it develops further.

Forecasters at the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center have drawn similarities to the June 2006 heavy rainfall event that caused significant flooding across the region. Residents need to stay tuned to local media and the local weather offices for the latest information on this significant situation.

The rain and associated storm system will likely snarl the commute tomorrow morning and cause significant delays on the roads. Also expect lots of airline delays as conditions worsen.

 

Environment, Weather