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Storms Possible, Flood Watch Issued for Wednesday

National Weather Service severe weather outlook for 2/24/16If you thought today was a soggy day, just wait until Wednesday.

Forecasters says a storm system that’s making its way north from Louisiana will dump 1-3 inches of rain and spawn some potentially strong thunderstorms (see Storm Prediction Center outlook, left).

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for Wednesday, warning of isolated flooding in low-lying areas and areas with poor drainage.

… FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WATCH

* FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT

* STRONG LOW PRESSURE OVER LOUISIANA WILL TRACK NORTHEAST WEST OF THE APPALACHIANS WEDNESDAY NIGHT. RAIN… HEAVY AT TIMES IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP WEDNESDAY AND PERSIST INTO THE EVENING. WIDESPREAD RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF AN INCH ARE EXPECTED WITH HIGHER TOTALS UP TO 3 INCHES POSSIBLE IN AREAS OF REPEATED ACTIVITY AND IN THUNDERSTORMS.

* DUE TO SATURATED GROUND… RAINS WILL TURN INTO RUNOFF WITH FLOODING OF SMALLER STREAMS AND CREEKS LIKELY. GENERAL INUNDATION OF LOW-LYING AND URBAN FLOODING IN POOR DRAINAGE AREAS IS ALSO LIKELY.

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.

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