Heavy rains and severe storms may make for a challenging evening commute today (Monday).
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch, warning of 1-2 inches of rain or more this evening. (See below.)
NWS and local authorities are also cautioning that some storms today may be severe.
Intense thunderstorms will likely develop this afternoon into this evening. Main threats: flash flooding and locally damaging wind gusts. pic.twitter.com/gV6UwOoEDa
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) June 19, 2017
Strong to potentially severe thunderstorms are expected on Monday. Stay weather aware throughout the day! pic.twitter.com/TN56P83pfw
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) June 18, 2017
Storms likely this PM. ⛈️ Expect longer commute times, low visibility, wind gusts, ponding, & poss downed trees/wires. Be prepared!
— VDOT Northern VA (@VaDOTNOVA) June 19, 2017
The Flash Flood Watch:
… FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH THIS EVENING… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A * FLASH FLOOD WATCH… * FROM 3 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH THIS EVENING * A COLD FRONT WILL MOVE THROUGH THE REGION THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY THIS EVENING. WIDESPREAD SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL ACCOMPANY THIS FRONT SOME OF WHICH COULD PRODUCE INTENSE RAINFALL RATES IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. WIDESPREAD RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES ARE EXPECTED WITH LOCALIZED AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 4 INCHES POSSIBLE WHICH COULD RESULT IN FLASH FLOODING. * FLASH FLOODING OF CREEKS, STREAMS AND ROADWAYS WILL BE POSSIBLE, ESPECIALLY IN URBAN AND POOR DRAINAGE AREAS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED. &&