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Posted at 3:30 PM ET, 01/29/2008

CommuteCast: Rain Takes a Break

By Ian Livingston

More likely overnight

**Wind Advisory From 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday**
**Coastal Flood Advisory Until 10 a.m. Wednesday**

Showers -- and some freezing rain to the north and west -- moved into the region earlier than expected today, which helped keep temperatures slightly cooler than previously forecast. Highs topped out near 50 in spots that received little or no rain, while temperatures were stuck in the low 40s where precipitation fell longer. Rainfall amounts have generally been light with most area totals ranging between 0.05" and 0.15" through mid-afternoon. A lull in the precipitation is likely during the drive home, but roads may still be wet, especially north and west of DC where showers were most common today.

Tonight: Clouds and showers will dominate the night as a cold front passes through the region. Computer guidance suggests that roughly another 0.25" of rain may fall area-wide overnight. As is often the case, precipitation coming off the mountains could dwindle slightly as it progresses east and if this occurs, lesser amounts of rain will fall.

Tomorrow: Remaining showers are expected to depart around sunrise and clouds will give way to increasing sunshine across the region during the day. Cooler air behind the front will keep high temperatures in the low to mid 40s, which is right around average for this time of year. Winds will gust quite strongly at times out of the northwest (which has prompted the above wind advisory from the National Weather Service), making temperatures in the 40s feel colder than the past few days.

See Matt's forecast for the rest of the week and an early look to the weekend.

By Ian Livingston  | January 29, 2008; 3:30 PM ET
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