Rains could bring river flooding


UPDATE 11 a.m. Sun. Feb. 28, 2021 — The National Weather Service issued a River Flood Watch for the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers late Sunday morning. This alert will continue after the rains Sunday and Monday until further notice as river levels will likely rise due to snowmelt and heavy rain over the next 24 hours.

Flood Warnings are in effect for the South Branch of the Potomac River, Opequon Creek and Cacapon River.

A Flood Watch is in effect until Monday morning for areas to the west. Click here for the latest weather alerts.

Expect rainfall throughout the day on Sunday. Heavy rainfall will be possible for some, especially for the mountains to the west. Otherwise, most of us will see a good soaking inch of rain, but it may also impact your commute come Monday morning, so do not put the rain gear away just yet.

After the rains Sunday and early Monday, sunshine returns for Tuesday with temperatures closer to the average for this time of year. However, morning lows for Tuesday and Wednesday will be rather chilly, so I hope you did not put away your winter coat just yet.

Highs for Wednesday will rebound into the 50s, but we will have to watch for clouds and a system passing to our south. We may see a morning flurry or drizzle during the day. Most of any precipitation will be south of I-66 and Southern Maryland.

Thursday and Friday look okay with more sunshine, but we will have to watch the clouds build Friday and into next weekend. The climate prediction is calling for drier than average conditions, but there may be a slight chance for precipitation we may have to look out for at the end of the forecast time frame. It may be pushed back a few more days given the drier trend for the first few weeks in March.

We may have to watch the mid to late March. To begin March, we should be close to average or just slightly above. A warming trend may continue into the first few weeks of March along with a drier than the average trend, but late March into April may trigger a change, but we will have to wait and see. Stay tuned! We will bring you the latest.

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