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Sunshine, dry weather forecast for Hagerstown area Thursday and Friday

April showers will return late Friday and stay for most of weekend

flooding possible

April 13, 2011|By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com
  • The recent rains and higher river levels have caused a lot of debris to wash up on the banks of the Potomac River as seen in Riverbottom Park in Williamsport. Forecasters are predicting dry weather and sun for Thursday amd Friday, but rain will return to area late Friday, they say.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

More than an inch of rain has fallen in Hagerstown since Monday but blue skies are on the horizon.

The National Weather Service said sunshine and dry weather are forecast for the area starting Thursday and continuing through the day Friday.

However, April showers will return to the area late Friday and stay for most of the weekend, possibly bringing flooding to the Hagerstown area, said Jim Lee, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va.  

Wednesday's rainfall brought the accumulation total for the latest wave of precipitation to 1.17 inches, according to Hagerstown weather watcher Greg Keefer's website i4weather.net.  Of that rainfall, 0.39 inches fell Wednesday, the website reported.

Spring rain is at the level it should be for this time of the year, Lee said.

Lee said the area has experienced two to three days of light to moderate rain each week since the end of March.

The consistent rain has dampened the area and caused creeks and rivers to rise to their banks, he said.

The south branch of the Potomac River, near Springfield, W.Va., was at flood stage Wednesday, he said.

Lee said the rain forecasted to start early Saturday morning and continue into Sunday could produce flooding in the Hagerstown area.

After the last 36 hours of precipitation, clouds started slowly rolling out of the area Wednesday evening, taking with them the threat of rain for a few more days, he said.

The National Weather Service website www.weather.gov listed Wednesday evening's forecast as "mostly cloudy then gradually becoming mostly clear."

Humidity remained high, however. Keefer's website reported that humidity hovered high for most of the day, reaching an apex of 98 percent at 6:44 a.m. and a low of 72 percent at 5:29 p.m.

But temperatures remained low — lower than normal for this time of year, Lee said.

Wednesday should have been about 65 degrees, he said.

Keefer's website listed the day's high at 54.2 degrees.

The good news is that warmer weather is on its way to Hagerstown next week, Lee said.

The area can expect to experience temperatures in the 70s by midweek when a high pressure system follows on the heels of the weekend rain, he said.

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