Travel delays likely Saturday in heavy rain
That's a cold rain falling outside this Saturday morning,. And it appears it's just the beginning. Forecasters are predicting 1 to 2 inches of rain in Central Maryland, with more just to our west.
The storm is expected to slow traffic on the region's interstates, and across a wide swath of mid-Atlantic airports. Not good news if you're headed out of town.
For those in the Plains states, on the back side of the circulation, the storm has trigger heavy, wet snow. The flakes have even covered the nest of the Decorah, Iowa eagles that have fascinated so many online viewers.
Here in Central Maryland, the National Weather service has posted a Coastal Flood Advisory, calling for high tides Saturday two to three feet above tide table predictions along the Western Shore of the Chesapeake. There is a Coastal Flood Watch for more of the same overnight.
And wait; there's more. A Hazardous Weather Outlook for the region calls for all of the above, and this:
"THUNDERSTORMS WILL DEVELOP ALONG A SURFACE TROUGH LATE THIS
AFTERNOON AND WILL MOVE THROUGH THE OUTLOOK AREA. SOME STORMS WILL
BE CAPABLE OF TORNADOES AND DAMAGING WIND GUSTS. HEAVY RAIN IN
THESE STORMS ALSO COULD LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING MAINLY ALONG AND
WEST OF THE INTERSTATE 95 CORRIDOR."
Finally, there is a Flash Flood Watch posted for all of Maryland west of I-95, where heavy rain falling on wet or saturated ground will raise streams out of their banks:
"A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS FAVORABLE FOR FLASH
FLOODING MAY DEVELOP. MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS AND BE
PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED."