A flood watch has been issued for Central Maryland from 6 a.m. Thursday to Thursday night.

Strong wind gusts are forecast across Maryland overnight in the wake of the weather system that brought heavy rain Thursday and scattered thunderstorms Friday.

Winds could reach 45 mph from Friday night into early Saturday morning, the National Weather Service said.


On Friday afternoon, some severe storms were tracking over southern portions of the state. Scattered rain showers and storms were forecast across the Baltimore region into the evening hours.

That is forecast on top of significant rain that caused flooding around the region Thursday night into Friday.

About 1.64 inches of rain was recorded at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport from Thursday into Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Flood warnings were in effect from late Thursday night into Friday morning for Baltimore, Carroll and northern Anne Arundel counties and Baltimore City

Dan Hofman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, advised drivers to stop if they approach standing water. “Turn around — don’t drown,” he said.

Just before 6 a.m. Friday, Baltimore County police helped a woman out of her car when it became stranded in standing water at the intersection of Harford and Notchcliff roads, according to the Baltimore County Fire Department.

The storm ended a streak of dry weather that was approaching 10 days, with just a few hundredths of an inch of rain across the Baltimore region since March 11. It was the region’s driest stretch since early December, when no precipitation was recorded over 11 straight days.

So far in 2019, Baltimore has seen just over 4 inches of rain — about 1.4 inches above normal precipitation levels for the year to date, according to the National Weather Service.

Dry weather was expected for the weekend, though rain could return early next week.

“We’re expecting to be fairly clear throughout the weekend — windy to start off, and then the winds start to die down Saturday afternoon into Sunday,” National Weather Service meteorologist Jeremy Geiger said.

High temperatures Saturday were projected to reach the upper 40s or low 50s, with highs in the high 50s to low 60s on Sunday.

A chance for rain returns Monday, and the region could see some precipitation through Tuesday morning.

Baltimore Sun reporter Sarah Meehan contributed to this article.