The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for Fairfax County and the rest of the D.C. area.
The alert is set to take effect at 5 p.m. today (Friday) and last until 2 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday), though current forecasts indicate that rain is likely to continue throughout the weekend.
“Widespread rainfall totals of 1-3 inches are expected through tonight,” the NWS said. “This may lead to localized instances of flooding.”
Here is more from the alert:
…FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE TONIGHT…
* WHAT…Flooding caused by excessive rainfall is possible.
* WHERE…DC and portions of Maryland and northern Virginia, including the following areas: the District of Columbia. In Maryland, Anne Arundel, Central and Southeast Howard, Central and
Southeast Montgomery, Northwest Howard, Northwest Montgomery, Prince Georges and Southern Baltimore. In northern Virginia, Arlington/Falls Church/Alexandria, Eastern Loudoun, Fairfax,
Northern Fauquier, Prince William/Manassas/Manassas Park and Western Loudoun.
* WHEN…From this afternoon through late tonight.
* IMPACTS…Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations.
The NWS advises continuing to monitor forecasts and staying alert for possible Flood Warnings.
. @NWS has issued a Flood Watch for #FairfaxCounty. Stay #weather aware throughout the day. PLEASE do NOT drive through a flooded roadway! Don't put you, loved ones, or #FCFRD firefighters/paramedics in harms way! #TurnAroundDontDrown pic.twitter.com/h181FOBLEz
— Fairfax County Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) May 6, 2022
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