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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 03/ 6/2008

Forecast: Nice Today, Then Wet and Cooler

By Josh Larson

Rainy late Friday and Saturday; dropping temperatures

First things first: Today will be quite pleasant with a lot of sun and highs in the upper 50s. A sprawling area of low pressure, however, will approach the region from the southwest on Friday, bringing showery conditions during the second half of the day through much of Saturday. Drier weather, along with noticeably cooler temperatures, will return on Sunday through the start of next week.


Sunny. Upper 50s. Expect abundant sunshine today along with light winds and highs slightly above average, in the upper 50s. Get out and enjoy the weather while you can! ... before it goes downhill tomorrow.

Increasing clouds overnight with lows dropping to near 40 downtown, a few degrees cooler in the suburbs.


Mostly cloudy. Showers developing. Upper 40s. You'll likely wake up to mostly cloudy skies on Friday as a storm closes in on the D.C. area from the southwest. A few showers are possible during the late morning, but precipitation is more likely during the afternoon and evening hours. Expect cooler high temperatures in the upper 40s.

You'll need to take the umbrella with you on Friday night as periods of rain along with an increasing breeze will make for unpleasant conditions. Overnight lows probably won't drop below the low 40s.

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend and into next week.


Rainy and windy Saturday. Drying out Sunday. 40s.

Prepare for windy and rainy conditions during much of the first half of the day Saturday. Warm air ahead of an approaching cold front may allow for early highs in the 50s, dropping into the 40s by the late afternoon. Scattered showers may linger through the afternoon and early evening hours, perhaps ending as a period of wet snow over the far north and west suburbs as colder air pushes in. Partial clearing and becoming much colder Saturday night, with lows in the low 20s.

In a dramatic change from Saturday's wind and rain, Sunday will feature bright sunshine along with very chilly afternoon high temperatures struggling to get much above the low 40s. Clear and cold Sunday night, with lows dropping to the low 20s across the coolest suburbs to the upper 20s downtown.


Plan for mostly sunny skies on Monday with continued below-normal temperatures in the mid 40s for highs and upper 20s for overnight lows.

Temperatures should moderate somewhat on Tuesday with continued mostly sunny skies and highs near 50.

By Josh Larson  | March 6, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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My daughter is supposed to have an outdoor soccer game at 4:30 pm on Saturday afternoon in Germantown, MD. It's on artificial turf, so field conditions shouldn't be a problem, but I'm afraid it might still be raining then. What do you think the chances are that it will still be raining and how cold do you think it might be at that time?

Posted by: Dsmac | March 6, 2008 7:09 AM | Report abuse

I'm planning to take a walk around 2:45 PM on Sunday. What can I expect? :)

I kid . . .

Posted by: Southside FFX | March 6, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

This just in; monthly El Niño update:
"La Niña is expected to continue through the Northern Hemisphere spring 2008. The primary springtime signal for the contiguous United States is an increased probability of below-average precipitation across the South, particularly in the Southeast."

Posted by: Steve, Capital Weather Gang | March 6, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Dsmac: As of now, 4:30 p.m. is right in that window where it may still be raining but probably starting to taper off. Temperatures, which probably will have reached near or a bit above 50 earlier in the afternoon, should be falling into the 40s during the late afternoon, along with increasing wind as late afternoon turns into evening.

Posted by: Dan, Capital Weather Gang | March 6, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Saturday's storm could really mess up my weekend by forcing my long walk to the Safeway into Sunday morning (thereby forcing me to cancel something else that morning.)

What's worse is that this "RAINDANCE" crud looks to continue beyond this weekend. I'm hearing hints about another such storm NEXT weekend (per NWS/Sterling!) which could really be a HUGE issue for my big Friday night dance on Mar. 14! Come on you "weather gods", I'm getting mighty SICK and TIRED of you scheduling all your big rainstorms to coincide with my dances!!! Give me a break you fools!!! ( Directed at "Weather gods" that is, not the Capital Weather Gang!) Thus far I've yet to hear about the forecast for the Clarendon Ballroom dance next Tuesday, but I'm not holding my breath. Probably another darned soaker!

Posted by: El Bombo | March 6, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Oh, yes and then there's that uncalled-for "force" into Daylight Saving Time this weekend!

What makes these politicians think we can "save" energy by forcing us into total darkness at 7 AM in the morning??? I've never liked this continual creeping expansion of DST. Especially when we have to spend our breakfast hours in total darkness!

Posted by: El Bombo | March 6, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Be Careful What You Wish For Dept:
Snow, ice a relentless, dangerous combination

Posted by: Steve, Capital Weather Gang | March 6, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Well, we're making up what we didn't get in snow with thunderstorms apparently:

Henry M has us under "high risk" for severe thunderstorms this weekend:

Posted by: weatherdudeVA (Lake Ridge) | March 6, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

So even the areas west of us are getting "no snow"?

Posted by: missy | March 6, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I see the confidence level is LOW for the Saturday forecast. ????

Posted by: weathergrrl | March 6, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Dan.

Of course, no one can predict what the actual weather will be at any given hour in any given location 48 or even 24 hours ahead of time. I was just curious if the rain was expected to be tailing off by late Saturday afternoon. Your answer was excellent and very much appreciated!

Posted by: Dsmac | March 6, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

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