Traffic, Weather

Heavy rain could cause flooding on Thursday

UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for portions of Baltimore County and Harford County.

Original story below…


NOTTINGHAM, MD—Forecasters say a cold front will drop up to three inches of rain around the Baltimore area on Thursday and into Friday.

The National Weather Service says a period of heavy rainfall is likely on Thursday and Thursday night with the potential for localized flooding, especially near the I-95 corridor.

Multiple rounds of rainfall are expected across the region through Friday morning.

Cumulative effects of these rounds of rainfall could lead to potential flooding by late Thursday, and possibly on Friday also.

The Maryland State Highway Administration offers these tips to stay safe during heavy rain storms:

  • “Turn Around-Don’t Drown” – It only takes a few inches of water to cause a vehicle to lose traction and stall; one foot will float most vehicles and two feet will carry them away;
  • Plan for extra travel time as some roads may flood and be temporarily closed;
  • Never attempt to remove a fallen tree from the roadway, especially if there are electrical wires tangled in the branches;
  • Should an intersection lose power and traffic signals are not operating, remember that all drivers on all approaches of the intersection must treat it as a four-way stop;
  • Be aware of flood-prone areas and avoid if possible;
  • “Know before You Go” with 5-1-1 or click here for information on state roads.
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