Cold Rain Will Soak DC Tuesday; Powerful Rain Expected Wednesday

Grab that umbrella, because a cold rain is expected to drench the D.C. area Tuesday, and a powerhouse storm is currently making its way toward the area for Wednesday, bringing a chance for severe weather and thunder.

For now though, it's just cold rain settling into the area from the south. Fairfax and Manassas were already getting rain shortly before 5 a.m. Tuesday. Rain will be heaviest in the morning, but it will continue to rain on and off throughout the day -- and then Wednesday, we'll be in for even more.

Around Frederick, Hagerstown, Westminster and Thurmont, there's actually the possibility of snow around 8 a.m. However, temperatures are expected to remain above freezing, you probably don't need to worry about snow on the roadways.

Storm Team4 has declared Wednesday a weather alert day. Rain will come Wednesday morning, with heavier rain right in time for your afternoon commute. Expect potential flooding with 1-2 inches of rain around D.C. and 2 inches or more to the west. There's also the possibility of thunder between 3 and 6 p.m., and another line of thunder possible between 6 and 10 p.m.

Some of those storms could be severe, with heavy rain and thunder.

Strong winds will whip the area Thursday and Friday, with a chilly start to the weekend.

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