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Rain Postpones Alexandria's Birthday Celebration as DC Area Braced for Flooding

After the storms, drier air will move in allowing the area to recover from the storms. The temperatures will turn hot as well.

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Storm Team4 declared a Weather Alert day due to flooding conditions and rains led to flood warnings earlier Saturday throughout the D.C. area.

The D.C. Beltway experienced flooding near vulnerable streams and creeks, Storm Team4 meteorologist Ryan Miller tweeted.

Though severe weather alerts have expired for the time being, rain may continue until the evening. Water on roadways will continue to impact travel in low-lying areas.

"Always, if you encounter high water, turn around don't drown," Miller wrote.

Storm Team4 Meteorologist Somara Theodore has the forecast.

In Arlington County, nearly 1.4 billion gallons of rain have fallen with more to come later in the day.

"We have picked up a months worth of rain in many locations," Miller said

In Alexandria, the city had to postpone its 273rd birthday celebration due to the inclement weather. Organizers of the event said they didn't want the storm chances to ruin some of the planned events, including a performance by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and other performances ending in a fireworks display.

At Founder's Park, where the event was supposed to take place, some residents expressed their disappointment.

"You can still do fireworks. It's not raining at the moment, so I think they should do fireworks, to be honest," one would-be reveler said.

Despite the postponement, many residents enjoyed the cooler temperatures once showers calmed down.

After the storms, drier air will move in allowing the area to recover from the storms. The temperatures will turn hot as well.

Sunday brings decreasing cloud coverage with highs shooting back into the 80s. The week will begin with plenty of sunshine, and highs return to the low 90s.

The next storm chance returns Wednesday afternoon.

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