A strong line of thunderstorms with torrential rain flooded parts of the Washington region Sunday night. By the Monday morning commute, roads were waterlogged and some were completely impassable.
The squall line moved across the region from west to east after midnight Monday morning. Thunder and lightning woke many people up. Those that managed to sleep through the crashing and banging were probably jolted awake by cell phone alerts when a flash flood warning was issued for the western and then northern suburbs.
With significant moisture in the air, rainfall rates were able to top 1 inch per hour as the squall line moved through. Some locations, including Potomac and Arlington, received more than 3 inches of rain.
Here’s what this squall line looks like on radar. Kaboom! Big thunder in this one… pic.twitter.com/IHnT58mIn1
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) April 16, 2018
D.C.-area rainfall totals
Potomac — 3.52
Arlington — 3.4 inches
Laurel — 2.92 inches
Rockville — 2.91 inches
Dalecarlia Reservoir — 2.85 inches
Montgomery Co. Airport — 2.6 inches
Leesburg — 2.14 inches
Washington National — 2 inches
Baltimore-Washington International — 1.51 inches
Dulles International — 1.46 inches
Frederick — 1.34 inches
Andrews AFB — 1.31 inches
The Washington Post — 1.05 inches
Fort Belvoir — 0.44 inches
There are several roads across the County that are closed or partially closed due to flooding. Crews are working to clear and reopen roads as quickly as possible. pic.twitter.com/gQnL5oGcQj
— MC Highway Services (@MontCo_Highways) April 16, 2018