From the ABC 7 Weather team

Flooding a big concern today, with some snow late tonight

December 7, 2011 - 05:30 AM
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Numerous, hefty showers today could lead to some flooding, with a quick hit of snow before it ends.

Today: Numerous Hefty Showers, Flooding Watch

Temperatures: 60°-50° | Wind: W 5-15

Tonight: Rain Changes to Snow, Gusty, Cold | 1" Slush on Grass DC, 1-2" NW Suburbs, Up to 6" Higher Elevations

Lows: 27°-33° | Wind: NW 15-25+

Tomorrow: Patchy Clouds, Cold, Breezy

Highs: 43°-47° | Wind: NW 10-15

FLOOD WATCH in effect for western counties through this evening with a WATCH up for the immediate metro region from 1PM through this evening. Up to 2 inches of rainfall is possible.

WINTER STORM WATCH for Montgomery County , MD to Loudoun and Northern Fauquier County in VA and points west goes into effect from 7pm this evening until 3am tomorrow morning. Rain ends as snow, possibly 1 to 2 inches for the immediate northwestern suburbs with up to 6 inches for higher elevations.

What a mild start to the morning – savor the warmth because cooler air is about to spill into the region. Expect numerous showers, some heavy to fall throughout the day as cold front pushes through. Cooler air will move in from the northwest as temperatures will slip into the lower 50s by this evening, 30s by overnight. Rain will end from west to east as some snow with accumulations most likely NW of the city where higher elevations could see up to half a foot. In the District an inch of slushy snow mainly on grassy areas is possible with higher amounts (1-2”) northwest of the city for counties under the Advisory. (Ridge tops far west have the potential for up to 6” of snow.) However the big story with today’s storm is the flooding, not snow!

Sunshine returns tomorrow and lasts into the upcoming weekend. Despite limited clouds temperatures struggle to climb out of the low and middle 40s for afternoon highs. Overnight lows slip into the 20s for many locations, so plan accordingly. Have a great day!

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