Maryland weather: Flood watch in effect through Friday morning, followed by windy conditions

About 1-2 inches of rain was expected across Central Maryland on Thursday, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch for many areas in the region.

The flood watch, which went into effect at 1 p.m. Thursday and is set to expire Friday morning, is for Anne Arundel, Calvert, Central and Southeast Howard, Central and Southeast Montgomery, Charles, Prince George’s, Southeast Harford, Southern Baltimore, and St. Mary’s counties. It also includes D.C. and several areas in Virginia.


A light rain picked up in intensity Thursday afternoon and into the night, and is expected to move out of the Baltimore region Friday morning, according to Cody Ledbetter, a National Weather Service meteorologist. As much as 2-3 inches could be recorded to the south and east of Baltimore, where the pressure system is moving, and less is expected to the north and west, he said.

“There could be heavier bands in places,” Ledbetter said.


The weather service could upgrade the flood watch to a flood warning “if we start to get reports of roads closing due to flooding or a gauge is coming close to flood stage,” Ledbetter said.

Officials ask people to drive carefully and not to drive on flooded roads.

The rain is expected to end by about 1 p.m. Friday, giving way to a breezy morning with wind speeds up to 19-24 mph and gusts as high as 48 mph in the forecast, according to the weather service.

A wind advisory is in effect for much of the Baltimore-Washington D.C. metropolitan region, as the weather service says wind gusts might reach up to 50 mph in some areas.

And a light dusting of snow Saturday night and early Sunday morning could follow a mostly sunny Saturday. A chance of rain and snow showers is in the forecast before 1 a.m., followed by a chance of snow showers, according to the weather service.

“I wouldn’t get my hopes up, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see some flakes,” Ledbetter said. “It might be before anybody’s awake.”

Baltimore Sun reporter Phil Davis contributed to this article.