After a long wait, rain has finally enveloped the metro region. Mainly light to moderate rain currently encompasses the area but much heavier rain is streaming north and northwest from the southeast. Just to the east and southeast of Richmond, doppler estimated rainfall has already exceeded 2-2.5" in spots. By 5 a.m. - the time of our next update -- 1"+ amounts will probably extend into the metro region.
In addition to flash flooding, we'll also have to keep an eye on the potential for strong thunderstorms embedded within the rain bands that may produce damaging winds and even an isolated tornado or two - particularly east and southeast of I-95.
It's sure to be a busy day tomorrow. Good night.