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    Impending Soaking for DC, Partially from Karen

    By By Kristina Pydynowski, senior meteorologist
    October 07, 2013, 9:41:57 AM EDT

    A soaking is on tap for the Washington, D.C., area on Monday with Karen partially to blame.

    An approaching cold front and some moisture from Karen, now a tropical rainstorm, will combine to spread a band of heavy rain through Washington, D.C.

    Monday will start with clouds winning out over sunshine. The heavy rain will arrive around lunchtime and persist through the mid-afternoon before tapering off for the evening commute.

    Between the clouds and the rain, temperatures on Monday will be held significantly below the weekend's unseasonably hot highs.


    The heavy rain threatens to slow down motorists by reducing visibility and heightening the risk of vehicles hydroplaning at highway speeds.

    Umbrellas will be a necessity for those traveling by foot, while airline passengers could encounter delays.

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    The rain will amount to around an inch in less than six hours. There will be locally higher amounts, and that is where AccuWeather.com meteorologists will be most concerned for flash flooding to occur.

    A couple of thunderstorms will also accompany the heavy rain; the strongest of those thunderstorms could produce winds capable of causing minor tree damage and sporadic power outages.


    Following the passage of the cold front, a drier day with the return of sunshine will unfold for Tuesday. Highs in the lower 70s and low humidity will compliment not only this day, but also Wednesday.

    Beyond midweek, AccuWeather.com meteorologists are monitoring the possibility of a storm developing near the East Coast and ruining the sunny forecasts for later in the week.

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