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Flood warning issued for D.C. Metro area

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The National Weather Service has extended a flood warning for the greater D.C. Area until midnight.

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Numerous instances of high water and closed roads have been reported in northern Va. and additional flooding is anticipated in parts of the metro area overnight, NWS reported.

In Beltsville, a stranded motorist had to be helped out of high water on Route 1 and Ammendale Road, officials said.

In Upper Marlboro, another motorist was assisted from high water to safety after a street flooded, according to the volunteer chief of Upper Marlboro.

Neither motorist was injured.

But it was snow that was the big concern.

“I have never been ready for snow,” says local resident Erin Wolfe. “I would be content living someplace where we didn't really see snow at all. I could visit and get snow.”

Officials in the District, Virginia and Maryland all prepared for possible snow. D.C. will deploy 45 plows starting at about midnight tonight while Virginia will have 525 trucks on the roads in Northern Virginia.

Road crews in Maryland will prepare their trucks and then be sent home. If the late night snow develops they will be called back in to work. Garrett County Public Schools in Maryland closed one hour early Wednesday.

A transition from rain to some wet snow will become likely after sunset, with the change occurring around 8 p.m. along the Blue Ridge and west and closer to Midnight closer to the D.C. Metro.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through early tomorrow morning for Loudoun and Montgomery Counties and points west.

At this time, it’s possible that around 1 to 2 inches of snow is possible in those areas with slightly higher amounts in the higher elevations north and west. Most of the snow should be limited to the grassy areas as roads are warm and wet.

Thursday will see rapidly clearing skies and cool temperatures with highs only reaching the mid 40s. Colder air is expected to remain locked into the area through the middle of next week with highs only in the 40s.

But it wasn’t just snow that had people concerned. The flood watch for D.C. and surrounding counties went into effect at 1 p.m. and by then, an inch-and-a-half of rain had already fallen in northern Virginia since overnight Tuesday.

Heavy rain is the concern in Prince Georges County as flood warnings remain in effect for shoppers at the Woodmore Center.

Abi Velladoro hopes that's all it is. He has sand bags stacked at the entrance to his auto repair shop. During the September rains his Capitol Heights shop flooded.

“Hopefully for us everything goes normal,” Velladoro says.

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