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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 03/27/2008

CommuteCast: Gray with Scattered Showers

By Ian Livingston

More wet weather for Friday

Showers that moved through this morning have largely paused across the region during the early afternoon. Temperatures have risen into the mid and upper 50s for highs so far and will remain steady before slowly dropping back this evening. A few widely scattered showers, largely focused from D.C. and south, will move through the area during the commute home causing isolated wet roadways.

Tonight: The pesky stalled front will keep clouds locked in the area overnight, and some passing showers are possible. Rain will be scattered at best, and the highest odds for prolonged activity should occur from the District and to the northwest. Lows will fall to within a few degrees of 50 at most locations.

Tomorrow: The front draped across the region will drift north and linger through much of the day Friday, before finally pushing well to our south late. More widespread shower -- and possibly thundershower -- activity is expected across the area, with the best chances during the afternoon and evening. Temperatures will be warmer than today, but there will be major differences over short distances, so exact numbers remain uncertain. Places well north and west of D.C. could get stuck in the upper 50s, while the immediate metro area gets to 60 or 65 degrees, and just to the southeast temperatures may hit 70.

See Josh's forecast through the weekend and early next week, NatCast for the forecast for opening weekend at Nationals Park, and Dan's forecast for this weekend's other big events.

By Ian Livingston  | March 27, 2008; 3:15 PM ET
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Tomorrow afternoon sounds rather miserable. The weekend looks better.

Posted by: El Bombo | March 27, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

CRWS jet stream info (12Z GFS). We are still under the south edge of the jet. Forecasts indicate some subtropical activity south of us over the Gulf but not as pronounced as this morning's forecast.

PM Canadian lightning data. Two areas with isolated strikes, the North Atlantic well offshore and Midwest east of the Mississippi. This area streches from IL south to NW MS and east through IN, KY and OH. It could provide the source of possible thunderstorms here tomorrow afternoon.

Posted by: El Bombo | March 27, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Here's a little discussion on tomorrow's difficult temperature forecast.

Posted by: Ian, Capital Weather Gang | March 27, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

There is an obvious server overload during the evening hrs. on this site. If this persists, goodluck and Godspeed to all my friends.

The system tomorrow will be another under performer with this zonal flow.

Folks who enjoy green lawns during the summer will do well to begin praying for a major pattern change.

Posted by: Augusta Jim | March 27, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Jim, I'm expecting this summer to b extemely hot & dry, so I'm with u in hoping we get alot of rain over the next 6-8 weeks. We can always hope 4 some tropical systems to bring rains during the summer but I'm afraid we r looking at a repeat of last summer.

Posted by: VaTechBob. | March 27, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

So it seemed like last summer we were supposed to get a few hurricanes/tropical storms to bring soaking, drought-relieving rains here. But we never did. What about the hurricane outlook for this year? Has anyone speculated yet on this? Of course with the reliability of the "models" (*snort*) regarding snow this the models really have any reliability regarding the projected hurricane season?

Posted by: missy | March 27, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Missy, Hurricane outlooks will start coming out in early April.

Augusta: I think there have been some server issues tonight. I'm sure it's just a temporary thing

Posted by: Jason, Capital Weather Gang | March 27, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

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