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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

Rainy fall day in Bluemont Park (Flickr pool photo by Dennis Dimick)Virginia may dodge Hurricane Joaquin, but Arlington County will see more rain as it continues to be hit by a nor’easter.

National Weather Service is predicting the county will see a couple inches of rain over the weekend, with the heaviest rain today and tomorrow. Arlington is under a flash flood warning through Saturday evening.

The county is urging people to prepare for continued heavy rain due to the nor’easter. Wind speeds are predicted to pick up tonight and Saturday, with gusts as fast as 31 miles per hour. The storm may cause trees to fall, causing power outages and safety hazards.

A couple of events in Arlington, including the Shirlington Oktoberfest and the county’s E-CARE recycling event have been postponed due to the rainy weather.

If you’re looking for something to do over the weekend, the Teens Make a Difference club is holding Bounce-A-Mania on Saturday from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center (3501 2nd Street S.). For $3, kids will have a chance to climb over and through 19 different inflatable structures and climb an inflatable rock wall. There will also be arts and craft stations.

Rain is may slow down on Sunday, just in time for the Afghan Arts and Culture Festival at Gateway Park (1300 Lee Highway) from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The National Weather Service is predicting a 60 percent chance of rain on Sunday, but organizers of the festival have not cancelled the event.

If the festival happens, the Arlington County Police Department is planning to close the southbound lanes of N. Fort Myer Drive between east and westbound Lee Highway from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Feel free to talk about the rainy weather in Arlington, power outages, downed trees or any other topics of local interest. Stay dry!

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