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Fairfax County forecast promises rain with chance of flooding tonight

Rain collects around a storm drain (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

A Flood Watch has been issued for Fairfax County and the rest of the D.C. area.

The alert will be in effect from 11 p.m. today (Friday) through 2 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday), according to the National Weather Service, which warns that “excessive” rainfall may lead to flash flooding.

Rain levels are expected to range from 1 to 7 inches, depending on the exact location.

Here is more from the NWS:

* WHEN…From 11 PM EDT this evening through Saturday afternoon.

* IMPACTS…Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations.

– Showers are expected with scattered thunderstorms late this evening into midday Saturday. Average rainfall amounts around 1 to 3 inches are expected, but localized amounts around 4 to 7 inches in heavier showers and thunderstorms. Rainfall amounts around 1 to 3 inches within an hour or two are possible in areas where the heaviest rainfall occurs. The best chance for the heaviest rainfall will be overnight into Saturday morning.

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