Maryland weather: More rain through Monday afternoon, but widespread flooding not expected

Rain is expected to continue through Monday afternoon in the Baltimore area, though meteorologists aren’t expecting widespread flooding risks.

A flood watch throughout Central Maryland and a flood warning for parts of the Baltimore region had been lifted as of Monday morning.

Monday’s forecast in Baltimore calls for showers before 2 p.m. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain, but meteorologists with the National Weather Service said a widespread flooding threat isn’t likely. The chance of precipitation is 90 percent, with new precipitation amounts of between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Cooler temperatures are forecast as well, with highs in the 60s.

Heavy rain began moving through Central Maryland late Sunday afternoon, prompting a flood warning in parts of Baltimore, Carroll and Howard counties — including Ellicott City and Catonsville, still recovering from recent damaging floods. A flood watch was also in effect across Central Maryland, Southern Maryland and the upper Eastern Shore through 5 a.m. Monday.

Flood advisories were issued at 3:16 a.m. Monday for Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot counties. The flash flood watch for Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot was set to expire at 8 a.m.

As rain began passing through the region late Sunday afternoon, weather service officials said one automated rain gauge reported 1.42 inches of rain in just 30 minutes.

The flooding threats came a day after a stubborn line of thunderstorms dumped an estimated 7.5 inches of rain on Ocean City, stranding motorists and closing Coastal Highway for hours. Two weeks earlier, similarly persistent storms flooded Ellicott City for the second time in two years, as well as parts of Catonsville and Southwest Baltimore.

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