Watches, Warnings End as Rain Moves Out

Next system could be here Saturday

By Jim Iovino
|  Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009  |  Updated 5:07 PM EDT
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A cold, heavy rain entered the Washington region Tuesday night, leading to flood warnings and watches throughout the area.  All watches and warnings were canceled by Wednesday morning, but that meant little to those stuck in traffic on local roads during their morning commute.

The rain was intense in some areas, leading to flooding of secondary roads, as well as in construction zones on major highways like I-66.

Sleet and freezing rain were reported in areas far west and north of the District, but the D.C. metro area was spared any run-ins with a wintry mix.  Some area schools either closed or delayed opening.  Click here for the complete list.

A flood warning was issued until 8:15 a.m. for urban areas and small streams in Arlington County, Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church and Fairfax County.

A flood watch that also was issued for the D.C. region has expired.

While the D.C. area avoided sleet and snow, western Maryland didn't.  State Police declared snow emergencies in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties. The snow emergency in Washington County was lifted early Wednesday.

So what's next?  NBC4 meteorologist Tom Kierein said the air will turn colder Wednesday night and remain that way through the weekend.  There could be some gusty winds this afternoon and into tomorrow.

Looking farther out, Kierein said our area might see some light snow Saturday night into Sunday. 

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