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Baltimore: Risk of Flash Flooding Friday Ahead of Preakness

By Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist
May 16, 2014; 5:04 AM ET

This week has ended with a dose of heavy rain and the risk of flash and urban flooding around Baltimore, ahead of the 2014 Preakness Stakes.

A front responsible for torrential rainfall in Texas has joined with tropical moisture from the Atlantic.

As this corridor of moisture pivots through the area into Friday midday, the rainfall produced could be heavy enough to cause incidents of flash and urban flooding, along with significant travel delays and disruptions to outdoor activities.

Friday afternoon will bring cool conditions in the wake of the heavy rainfall with only spotty showers. Evening travel conditions will improve locally.

A storm in the upper levels of the atmosphere will bring slightly cooler-than-average temperatures over the weekend. Temperatures typically range from a low in the middle 50s to a high in the middle 70s.

Saturday looks to be mostly free of rain for the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico and will bring good drying conditions for the track.

For folks heading to the track or attending ball games, graduations and weddings, chilly air aloft associated with the storm could bring brief very spotty showers, during the afternoon and evening hours Saturday and Sunday.

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