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Maryland weather: Nearly 3 inches of rain shatters record from 1967; flooding reported

Nearly 3 inches of rain fell in the Baltimore region Monday, shattering a record from 1967 as wet weather pelted the area, bringing since-expired flood and tornado warnings, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service said Monday is the fifth-wettest November day on record with 2.74 inches. Previously the record was 1.19 inches, set in 1967, according to the weather service.

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A flood warning was issued by the weather service for parts of Baltimore and Harford counties throughout most of the day but it expired at 7:45 p.m.

Flooding was reported in Edgewood and White Marsh, according to the National Weather Service. The Maryland State Highway Administration reported high water between Rutland Road and Huntwood Drive in Anne Arundel County that closed all lanes around 4 p.m.

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The administration said around 10:30 p.m. that 717 North and South between Maryland 4 and 725 also had high water, closing all the lanes.

The weather service also issued a since-expired tornado watch for parts of Maryland, which was in effect until 7 p.m. and covered Calvert and St. Mary’s counties, but earlier in the day it also covered much of Maryland, including Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

Briefly on Monday, parts of Cecil and Harford counties were under more severe tornado warnings, after radar revealed a tornado-producing storm nearby. But those have since been lifted.

The rainy conditions come after a warm and sunny holiday weekend in the region.

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A since-expired coastal flood advisory also was issued for southern Baltimore County and Baltimore City between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. Residents were told they could expect up to 6 inches of flooding above ground level in low-lying areas due to tidal flooding, according to an alert from the weather service.

“If travel is required, allow extra time as some roads may be closed,” the weather alert says. “Do not drive around barricades or through water of unknown depth. Take the necessary actions to protect flood-prone property.

Shortly after noon Monday, the Baltimore City Fire Department responded to North Point Road and Erdman Avenue near Bayview to help rescue individuals who had been trapped in two vehicles due to the rising floodwaters. No injuries have been reported in that incident, said Blair Adams, fire department spokeswoman.

Tides are expected to be 1½ to 2 feet above normal, the weather service said.

At 3 feet, flooding occurs at the end of Thames Street in Baltimore, and water nearly covers the promenade at the dragon boat dock in the Inner Harbor, according to the weather service. At this point, water also begins encroaching upon yards in the Bowleys Quarters area of Baltimore County.

The overnight low Monday will be 42 degrees and Tuesday has the potential to bring rain again. Forecasters said there is a 20% chance of rain, and lower temperatures and blustery conditions are likely with a high near 46 and wind gusts as high as 25 mph.

After Tuesday, sunny skies and cool weather will be in the region before showers potentially return Friday.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for western Allegany County as snow develops and continues into Tuesday night.

Three to 6 inches of snow are expected in Garrett County in Western Maryland from 7 p.m. Monday to 7 p.m. Tuesday, with the heaviest accumulation from Tuesday morning to Tuesday night.

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