Nicole dissipates, but its rain is still en route
The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Nicole, never a well-organized system, has now dissipated. But the moisture it captured from the Caribbean in recent days is still being swept north in a heavy plume that will feed our rainfall overnight and Thursday.
National Weather Service meteorologist Brandon Peloquin said this afternoon, "It's pretty certain that everyone will receive rain, and a decent amount of rain" from the storm. The official forecast is still for 2 to 4 inches across most of the region, with higher amounts along a rain "axis" that's currently forecast to set up along the Blue Ridge.
"The morning rush hour will probably be a mess, because we expect heavy rain to be falling at that point," he said. It's likely to be raining still into the afternoon, tapering off "toward the end of the evening rush hour."
Flash Flood Watches remain in effect from Cumberland east. There's also a Coastal Flood Watch in place for the Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The southeast winds are expected to drive water into the creeks and rivers, boosting high tide predictions by 2 to 3 feet with "moderate" flooding.