From the ABC 7 Weather team

Flood Watch and a Winter Weather Advisory for the D.C. area

December 7, 2011 - 04:25 PM
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Heavy rain and some light snow are in the forecast for the remainder of the day into tonight.

This Afternoon: Rain Likely, Cooling & Breezy

Highs: 50s into the 40s | Wind: NNW 10-15 m.p.h.

Tonight: Rain Changing to Light Snow, Gusty

Temperatures: 30s | Wind: NW 20 m.p.h.

Thursday: Mostly Sunny, Breezy & Cool

Highs: Mid 40s | Wind: NW 10-15 m.p.h.

A Flood Warning is in effect for the D.C. Metro until 8pm tonight. Watch for ponding of water and remember to turn around if you come across any flooded roadways.

Rainfall Totals:

Spotsylvania, VA - 2.52"

Woodbridge, VA - 2.33"

Waldorf, MD - 2.17"

Brnadywine, MD - 2.16"

An area of low pressure will develop off the east coast later today which will continue our chance for heavy rain this afternoon and evening. Temperatures are all over the place with St. Mary's County in Southern Maryland sitting around 70 and Hagerstown, Maryland in the upper 40s. Temperatures will continue to cool rapidly through the afternoon into the 40s as the low transitions to the coast.

A transition from rain to some wet snow will become likely after sunset, with the change occurring around 8pm 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, we think around 1 to 2 inches 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.

Snowfall Predictions Tonight

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.

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