Wet Weekend on the Way

Rain will still leave region below normal rainfall for April.

Grab your umbrellas! Fairfax County residents can expect a rainy weekend, but the showers won’t be enough to bring rainfall levels up to normal for April.

For Saturday, expect a chance of showers and even thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent during the day and 80 percent into Saturday night. Rain up to three-quarters of an inch to more than an inch is possible.

The chance of rain on Sunday is 80 percent, according to the weather service, with new rainfall amounts of a half-inch to an inch.

Rain is also in the forecast for Monday, and beyond, with a chance of precipitation on Tuesday, according to the weather service. The sun should make an appearance on Wednesday.

The rain will be a result of a cold front moving through the area, said Kevin Witt, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Sterling.

“We’re going to see more showers and storms. We’re not too concerned right now with severe weather,” Witt said. “But some could come on the strong side with heavy rain and some small hail.”

Rain should eventually ease up as the system moves to the north, he said.

The rain will help but not reverse the region’s dry conditions. The normal rainfall at Reagan National Airport to date for April is 3.06 inches, but the area has seen only .21 inches of rain to date this month, Witt said.

“This rain will help,” Witt said. “It’ll help out with the dry conditions, but I’m not saying we’re going to get back to normal.”


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