From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Weather Forecast: Sandy makes landfall

October 29, 2012 - 07:00 PM
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High wind gusts and heavy rains will continue to be likely heading overnight as Sandy pushes west.

Tonight: High Wind and Heavy Rain

Lows: 40s | Wind: NW 40 mph Gusts to 60 mph

Tuesday: Morning Rain and Wind, PM Improvements

Highs: Low 50s | Wind: W 25 Gusts to 40 mph

Wednesday:  Partly Sunny

Highs:  Mid 50s |  Wind:  W 10-20 mph

Hurricane Sandy will begin to head west today and winds will begin to increase throughout the afternoon and evening. Widespread moderate to at times heavy rainfall will be likely through the afternoon. Wind should be gusty this morning, but rapidly pick up as Sandy moves west, gusting to 50mph by lunch time and 60 mph by the late afternoon. Tonight, the most dangerous wind conditions will be expected with gusts potentially up to 70 mph at times.

Rainfall totals will be in the 4 to 8 inch range, and flooding will be an issue throughout the region. Coastal flooding also looks to become an issue overnight through Wednesday morning as the storm moves to the north. Tides will be 1 to 3 feet above normal and will also be in conjunction with lunar tide maximums today and tomorrow. If the wind and rain weren’t enough, blizzard conditions are also expected in the WV mountains with storm totals over a foot in areas above 2000 ft along the ridges and western slopes. Conditions should rapidly improve late Tuesday afternoon through the day Wednesday as winds diminish and rain tapers. Highs will be in the 50s all week.

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