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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 03/25/2008

CommuteCast: Clear Skies to Slowly Give Way

By Ian Livingston

Breezy and warmer on Wednesday

Latest view of D.C. looking east from the Netherlands Carillon at Arlington National Cemetery. Courtesy National Park Service.

Sunshine and low dew points have led to a crystal clear early spring day across the region. Temperatures currently in the low 50s will rise another degree or two before falling back into the upper 40s this evening. No precipitation will be found anywhere near the region for the drive home.

Tonight: Increasing clouds will lead to a slight chance of showers (20%) after midnight. Any shower activity is expected to be widely scattered, and many locations will not see rain. Clouds will keep low temperatures a little warmer than last night, with the northwest suburbs falling to near 40 while the city and locations southeast fall to the low or mid 40s.

Tomorrow: Wednesday will be partly sunny and warmer, after a slight risk of early morning showers, thanks in part to winds coming out of the west and off the mountains. Expect high temperatures to reach the low and mid 60s across the entire area as winds gust towards 25 mph at times.

See Matt's forecast through the weekend.

By Ian Livingston  | March 25, 2008; 3:15 PM ET
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Canadian lightning update: No activity over North America or surrounding oceans.

Wow, it seems as though the long-term rain event slated for later this week could be drying up. Sterling seems to report limited potential precipitation.

Posted by: El Bombo | March 25, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Steve, wanted to apologize for my harsh reaction to your post yesterday. I took it the wrong way. You are right, models have been way off this whole winter. However the chances of them being wrong on every storm the entire winter is low but it did happen this winter....Bummer.

I will try and refrain from posting long range model runs. However, it is exciting to see a significant snow solution, regardless the long range inaccuracy....My philosophy is, maybe this time GFS will not fail us. I remember last couple winters we tracked storms 10 days out and they GFS runs preformed beautiful right up until the flakes were flying.

You guys do a great job there and I still think this site is most informative.

Posted by: Conman | March 25, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

so, does this mean the long range still shows a significant snow solution? :) be nice

Posted by: missy | March 25, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Next weeky still looks active, but solutions are all over the place on storm tracks,precip type and temps. I'd Give it a couple days.

Posted by: Conman | March 25, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

The discussion from yesterday concerning the terrible performance of the "models", also applies to the long range climate change models, and please everyone, don't start the patronizing nonsense about the differences between the models. The long range Climate Models have given shameful performance regarding the Arctic Ice Pack changes and Global Temperature trends, etc.,etc..

We may possibly know the truth about "climate change", 20 years from now, but only very gulible people, folks with a vested interest, or those who foolishly believe that every time we have a heat wave or mild winter, it is because of "global warming", buy into the "politically correct" hype that is being espoused today.

Posted by: Willow | March 25, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Willow, you are right that many of the climate change models are wrong, but you are wrong because many of these models have been too conservative thus far especially in regard to sea ice extent. Look up USGS and sea ice extent in a google search and you will find some good information.

Posted by: jf | March 26, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

These full screen pop up ads have got to go!

Posted by: Havoc | March 26, 2008 2:19 AM | Report abuse

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