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Weather Update: Rain Continues Through Thursday

Storm map, Sept. 29/Weather BellAfter heavy rains and gusty winds overnight, the rain and potential flooding will continue through Thursday.

In Reston, there are many downed branches on roads and sidewalks. There are no major power outages reported.

More than two inches of rain fell overnight, hitting the southern portion of Fairfax County hard. A flood warning remains in effect until 10:45 a.m. for the areas closer to I-95 (Alexandria, Springfield, Burke, Fairfax City and others). Reston remains under a flood watch through Friday.

 

The Capital Weather Gang says and additional three inches of rain will fall today, and Reston may see a total of six inches by the time this front moves away on Friday.

Graphic: Storm front for Sept. 29/Credit: WeatherBell.com

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Wednesday: Reston Under Flood Watch

National Weather ServiceWherever you are heading today, bring your umbrella and drive carefully.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for Reston, Fairfax County and most of the DC area. The Flood Watch is in effect from 10 a.m. Wednesday until midnight.

From the NWS:

Showers and thunderstorms, heavy at times, are expected to move Northeast across the area this afternoon into evening. Widespread rainfall amounts around one inch are expected, with localized high amounts up to 3 inches possible in areas of repeated activity.

Due to saturated ground, rains will turn into runoff with flooding of smaller streams and creeks possible. General inundation of low-lying and urban flooding in poor drainage areas also possible.

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.

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Reston Under a Flood Watch Wednesday

Rain/Credit: Bahmad Farzad via FlickrMelting snow plus heavy rain could equal a big mess for Reston and the rest of Northern Virginia on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch beginning at noon Wednesday through late Wednesday night for most of the Washington, DC area.

From the NWS:

… FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM NOON EST TODAY THROUGH LATE TONIGHT…

* THE COMBINATION OF MELTING SNOW AND PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN COULD RESULT IN FLOODING OF URBAN AREAS AND STREAMS THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT. RAINFALL AMOUNTS WILL AVERAGE BETWEEN ONE HALF AND ONE INCH… WITH ISOLATED SPOTS BETWEEN ONE AND TWO INCHES POSSIBLE.

* IN ADDITION… ICE MAY BE ON SOME OF THE SMALL STREAMS WHICH COULD ENHANCE THE FLOODING POTENTIAL.

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.

Photo: Rain/Credit: Bahmad Farzad via Flickr

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