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Posted at 2:35 PM ET, 05/15/2008

CommuteCast: Flooding Concerns as Rain Returns

By Ian Livingston

Heaviest rain expected between midnight and AM commute

*Flood Watch midnight through Friday morning*
*Take caution in flood-prone areas; never drive through flooded roads*

In this pattern, nice weather doesn't seem to last long, so it should be no surprise that more rain is on the way. Temperatures reached the mid to upper 70s today with a little more sunshine than expected, but clouds are now thickening ahead of the next storm system. Though this round should be less significant than the last two, the region remains susceptible to flooding thanks to saturated ground.

Tonight: Showers should develop across the area from west to east during the late evening (between 7 and 10 p.m.), and a batch of moderate to heavy rain is likely to move in around or just after midnight. The bulk of the total rainfall -- on the order of .75"-1.25", with localized areas of heavier amounts possible -- will come in a 6-8 hour period and is likely to cause some additional flooding problems. Lows in the upper 50s to near 60.

Tomorrow: Rain continues through the morning, before beginning to taper off during the afternoon, as low pressure moves northeast and out of the area. High temperatures will only rise to the mid 60s at best as a northerly wind brings some cooler air into the region. But on the bright side, rain moves out in time a sunnier and mostly dry Saturday.

See Josh's full forecast through the beginning of next week.

By Ian Livingston  | May 15, 2008; 2:35 PM ET
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