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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 03/18/2008

CommuteCast: Gray Skies Linger

By Ian Livingston

Warm, windy, and a little wet Wednesday

Clouds that spread over the area last night have been locked in across the region throughout the day. High temperatures have warmed, on an increasing wind from the south, into the low and mid 50s. The drive home will be mostly dry, with some showers possible in the northwest suburbs.

Tonight: Showers can be expected across the area overnight. Overall precipitation totals will be light. The highest totals will be north of the area, and some locations, especially south of town, may remain dry. Temperatures should fall a few degrees off daytime highs back into the upper 40s prior to midnight, before slowly warming as mild flow from the south continues.

Tomorrow: Wednesday will be cloudy as a cold front associated with low pressure passing to our northwest approaches. Scattered showers early in the day will give way to increasing odds of more widespread activity by late afternoon and evening. Some thunderstorms are also possible late in the day or at night, but the potential for any storms to be severe is uncertain at this time. Highs should top out in the upper 60s on strong winds from the south -- gusting to near 35 mph at times.

See Matt's forecast through the weekend.

By Ian Livingston  | March 18, 2008; 3:15 PM ET
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Canadian lightning data: Isolated or occasional strikes principally along the Mississippi Valley from IL south.

Big rain issue involves whether I will need to scrub Thursday night's Buddhist meeting due to inability to run my Harris Teeter errand after work tomorrow because of "windbag" rain. Some rain could affect my trip to tonight's dance but I'm not sure how much of a factor this will be.

Posted by: El Bombo | March 18, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

In other commuter news . . . the bomb squad just showed up at Franklin Square and has closed off I Street, 14th Street and a part of K Street. No word on the news yet, but good luck to those commuting.

Posted by: Parker | March 18, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Disappointing that those stray flakes have been removed from the weekend forecast graphics.

Posted by: GFP | March 18, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Where'd my flakes go?

Posted by: missy | March 19, 2008 12:58 AM | Report abuse

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