Flash Flood Watch for Fredericksburg Region

The ground in low-lying areas is already saturated; more rain is in the forecast, with strong storms expected Thursday.

The Fredericksburg region, including the counties of Spotsylvania, Stafford, Culpeper, Orange and King George, are under a flash flood watch through Thursday night, the National Weather Service has announced.

Some parts of the region have already received several inches of rain, primarily from the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea last Friday and additional rain Monday.

“With the ground already saturated …  only an inch of rainfall in an hour could produce flash flooding of streams and low-lying area,” according to the National Weather Service.

The thunderstorms predicted for Thursday could dump up to three inches of rain before the storm systems move through, forecasters say.

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"The brunt of the storm will hit Thursday. I'm sure we'll see some limbs and trees down," Calvin Meadows, a meteorological technician in the National Weather Service's Sterling office, told Patch Wednesday.

Weather Timeline

Forecasters predict showers and scattered thunderstorms will likely move across the region Wednesday night, producing heavy downpours.  The chance of rain overnight is 40 percent. The rain and thunderstorms are expected to dissipate Thursday morning before returning Thursday afternoon, mainly after 2 p.m.

"There is risk for a significant severe weather event Thursday afternoon, with potential for widespread damaging winds as well as large hail and tornadoes," the National Weather Service said.

Chance of precipitation Thursday is 80 percent, diminishing to 60 percent Thursday night.

Temperatures are expected in the mid-80s with mostly sunny skies Friday.

For more information, refer to the Storm Central Hub with Fredericksburg area weather forecasts and information to prepare for and resolve storm related situations. Check back for updates.

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