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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 03/26/2008

CommuteCast: Mild Before the Front

By Ian Livingston

Unsettled conditions arrive Thursday

Gusty downsloping winds out of the west and southwest have helped temperatures warm into the mid 60s to near 70 across the area today, even with periods of cloudiness. The ride home will be partly cloudy, with mild temperatures dropping back through the 60s.

Tonight: An approaching cold front will pass through the area this evening before getting hung up just to the south of Washington. This will cause clouds to increase overnight and odds for precipitation to go up as well. A few early a.m. showers are possible, especially well north and west of D.C., as lows drop into the mid and upper 40s across the area.

Tomorrow: Thursday is likely to be cloudy and damp at times. Due to uncertainty about where the front ends up stalling, rain forecasts are more difficult to pinpoint than normal. At this time, it appears many areas will see some shower activity during the day, with the highest odds of consistent activity focusing on D.C. and north. The heaviest precipitation may stay north of the area entirely. High temperatures are likely to top out in the mid to upper 50s across the area, with warmer conditions south of the front.

See Dan's forecast through the weekend.

By Ian Livingston  | March 26, 2008; 3:15 PM ET
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CRWS Jet Stream from 12Z GFS: we are near the south edge but still underneath the jet.

Canadian lightning data/PM. Isolated strikes in UT and isolated/occasional activity popping up in MO. More lightning than this morning.

What's the deal at Channel 9??? Kim is doing the NOON weathercasts this week; did something happen to Howard or are they now getting back at her for the on-air engagement announcement??? If the latter is the case, then those of us with some hints of impending relationship activity ought to tread carefully. I'm already beginning to see interesting things happen since my "rant" of yesterday afternoon regarding my own long-term "rejected suitor" status. Seems as though Kim Martucci my have started something.

Posted by: El Bombo | March 26, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Is that a rain/snow icon I see for Friday? Interesting...

Posted by: mcleaNed | March 26, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

For the weather icons, is there a reference guide somewhere to what they mean? Like the white blobs being snow? The blue drop being rain, and the amount of drops (1-3) being amount of rain. I vaguely recall seeing a white teardrop once and having no idea what that meant.

Posted by: DM | March 26, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, we will receive beneficial rain over the next few days. We have had a dry winter, water tables are well below normal.

Richmond is at 76% of normal for the year. D.C. at 94% is grossly non typical for the tri state area. Roanoke has received only 48% of normal since Jan.1!!!

We almost certainly face a severe drought this summer, if this pattern persists.

Take a close look at Feb. to understand how non typical D.C. is.

Posted by: Augusta Jim | March 26, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Folks-- Once in a great while the feed we get from the NWS, which is mapped to the icons that display, is incorrect. The result is a bad icon. So if you see an icon that doesn't make sense (like snow when it's 90 degrees), it's probably just a temporary glitch.

Posted by: Jason, Capital Weather Gang | March 26, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

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