D.C. residents should prepare for more storms and possible flooding tonight.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch through 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, warning that downpours may lead to flash flooding in urban areas.
The first round of storms that rolled through the city shortly after 4 p.m. have already caused a few disturbances. At 4:48 p.m., the D.C. Police Department reported wires down at Adams Mill Road and Harvard Street NW.
From the NWS:
FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT
THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR
* PORTIONS OF MARYLAND…MD…THE THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA…
VIRGINIA AND WEST VIRGINIA…INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS…
IN MARYLAND…ANNE ARUNDEL…CARROLL…CHARLES…FREDERICK…
NORTHERN BALTIMORE…PRINCE GEORGES AND SOUTHERN BALTIMORE. IN
MD…CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST HOWARD…CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST
MONTGOMERY…NORTHWEST HARFORD…NORTHWEST HOWARD…NORTHWEST
MONTGOMERY AND SOUTHEAST HARFORD. THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. IN
MADISON…NORTHERN FAUQUIER…NORTHERN VA BLUE RIDGE…
ORANGE…PAGE…PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK…
SPOTSYLVANIA…STAFFORD…WARREN AND WESTERN LOUDOUN. IN WEST
VIRGINIA…HAMPSHIRE…HARDY AND JEFFERSON.
* THROUGH LATE TONIGHT
* SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL INCREASE IN COVERAGE THROUGH THIS
EVENING AND CONTINUE THROUGH THROUGH LATE TONIGHT. SOME OF THE
STORMS WILL CONTAIN TORRENTIAL DOWNPOURS WHICH MAY LEAD TO FLASH
FLOODING. AVERAGE RAINFALL AMOUNTS BETWEEN ONE TO TWO INCHES ARE
EXPECTED…BUT LOCALIZED AMOUNTS IN EXCESS OF THREE INCHES ARE
POSSIBLE IN HEAVIER THUNDERSTORMS. RAINFALL RATES AROUND ONE TO
TWO INCHES PER HOUR ARE EXPECTED IN HEAVIER THUNDERSTORMS.
RECENT RAINFALL HAS SATURATED SOILS WHICH WILL ALSO INCREASE THE
THREAT FOR FLASH FLOODING DURING THIS TIME.
* HEAVY RAINFALL IN SHORT PERIODS OF TIME MAY CAUSE RAPID RISES
ON CREEKS AND STREAMS AS WELL AS FLASH FLOODING IN URBAN
Featured image: 15th Street NW at 7:15 am this morning.
Due to winter storm warning in effect until 3 am Thursday — along with the current weather of wet snow, rain and wind — the U.S. Government, D.C. Government, D.C. Public Library and D.C. Public Schools are all closed today. In addition, universities in DC are mostly closed today.
Tonight’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F meeting has been postponed and is rescheduled for next Wednesday, March 13.
- Looking for more information on what is closed, what’s delayed and what events have been cancelled? WTOP Radio’s website is a great source of information on weather closings (DC listings are toward the bottom of the page). You can also get more information at the District Snow Team page.
- From DC Alert on the storm warning: “The National Weather Service reports that the Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 3AM Thursday morning. NWS anticipates wet snow throughout the day and into tonight. Expect heavy snow at periods throughout Wednesday and tapering off Wednesday night. NWS expects snow accumulations from 5 to 9 inches during the warning period with Northeast winds from 20 to 24 MPH. Expect wind gusts up to 35 MPH Wednesday afternoon and night.”
- From DC Alert on the federal government: “Office of Personnel Management Decision: FEDERAL OFFICES ARE CLOSED for Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Emergency and Telework-Ready Employees required to work must follow their agency’s policies, including written telework agreements.”
- From the D.C. Government website: “The District of Columbia government will be closed on Wednesday, March 6 due to the inclement weather that is expected in the DC Metro area. District of Columbia Public Schools are also closed for students and school staff. View snow.dc.gov for more information.”
Hard at work or hardly working? This one’s for you – the few of you toiling away in quiet buildings with no co-workers, questionable heat and no real motivation.
Borderstan Well Represented in ‘Top Standbys’
That may not sound too fancy, to be the best staid and true standby restaurant. But the list compiled by Eater DC yields something a bit better than your mom’s meatloaf. It includes Estadio, Hank’s Oyster Bar, Cafe Saint Ex, Bar Pilar and many other places that you’d be all too happy to make your Thursday dinner staple. May I recommend trying most of them this week, while crowds are typically smaller than average?
The non-stop rain finally slacked off around quitting time yesterday, prompting a flood of Facebook and Twitter pics of the rainbow that popped out all too briefly at 5pm. It was a pretty impressive display. A few of our favorite can be seen here (snapped at the airport) and here.
What’s Up with the Bike Lanes?
Greater Greater Washington invokes the ‘paralysis by analysis’ line to query what is taking so damn long with the city’s bike lanes. Is the Mayor, they wonder, commissioning so many studies to avoid making a decision or taking some action on additional bike lane striping. With L and M Streets stuck waiting for the conclusion of the Pennsylvania Avenue and 15th Street study, it’s hard not to wonder what is going on here, especially since the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has already done a study on these lanes. Politics taking a long time in DC? Color me shocked.
Lauryn Hill at Warner Theater
Readers of a certain age will remember a time when Lauryn Hill was on top of the world and tossing rhymes as the frontwoman for the Fugees. Well, despite her prowess behind the mike, life has taken some twists and turns for Hill. Notably, a bad dip at a Ram’s Head show that the Baltimore Sun brings up as way of introducing her new gig. The show is February 29 and tickets go on sale December 30.
Occupy DC Tent Makeover
The Washington Blade sent out their ‘Gaylarious’ crew to make (ostensibly) someone’s holiday wish come true. They went down to McPherson Square to make over an Occupy DC tent. Hilarity sort of ensues. It’s at least entertaining enough to kill five minutes of your day, as you try to bill eight hours for Minesweeper, making coffee and shredding some paper.
Good place to get weather closings and delays: WTOP.com.
- What’s the federal government doing this morning in reaction to the snow? According to WTOP.com, “Federal Government in Washington Area- Federal Agencies will operate with a 2 hour delay as well as unscheduled leave. (Monday)”
- As for the DC government, “D.C. Government- Open. Liberal leave in effect (Monday)”
- What about DC public schools? ” D.C. Public Schools- 2 hr. delay – Central offices open on time. (Monday)”