Forecast: Showers, Storms as Seasons Clash
Storms could be strong late this afternoon or evening
We've come to the last full day of winter, as spring officially begins at 1:48 a.m. tonight. Appropriately, today will be one of those days where you can almost feel the clashing of the seasons, with warm air riding up from the south and a cold front closing in from the west. The collision of warm and cold could make for showers today, and a stormy entrance to spring this evening.
Increasing chance of rain. Windy. Chance of p.m. thunderstorms. Upper 60s. Some spotty showers are possible during the morning and early afternoon as low pressure and a strong cold front approach from the west. A 15-25 mph breeze from the south, with afternoon gusts near 30-35 mph, will help warm temperatures to highs in the upper 60s, despite partly to mostly cloudy skies. Steadier rain is likely for the late afternoon and evening, along with a chance of thunderstorms that could produce damaging winds.
Overnight, showers and thunderstorms could last until after midnight. Winds are likely to continue at 15-25 mph, with gusts to 40 mph or higher. Clearing skies move in toward morning as lows drop to the mid 40s.
Mostly sunny. Windy. Mid 50s. Mostly sunny with highs in the mid 50s doesn't sound too bad. Until you add in winds of 20-30 mph (gusts to 40 mph or higher) from the northwest, which will make the slightly below-average highs feel rather cool. Overnight, mostly clear with diminishing winds, but still breezy, and lows ranging from the low 30s in the burbs to the mid 30s downtown.
Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend. Check back later this morning for our assessment of the potential for strong or severe storms this late afternoon and evening.
Partly sunny. Mid 50s. A quiet weather day for the end of the work week, as highs reach the mid 50s under a mix of sun and clouds. There may still be somewhat of a breeze, but not nearly as windy as the previous two days. Overnight, cloudy with a chance of sprinkles or some light rain (maybe a few snowflakes mixed in north of D.C.) depending on how much moisture is generated by an approaching area of low pressure. Lows from the mid 30s in the burbs to near 40 downtown.
A LOOK AHEAD
Low pressure passing nearby could mean a chance of some showers Saturday with highs near 50. Any precipitation should end Saturday evening, followed by clearing skies and breezy winds from the northwest overnight as lows drop to the low 30s downtown and the upper 20s in the burbs.
Mostly clear and breezy Sunday with highs in the 40s. If winds lighten up and skies stay clear, lows Sunday night could drop to near 30.
At this point, the Monday into early Tuesday forecast is pretty much a crapshoot. Some models have a storm coming up the coast, which could mean cool temperatures and rain, even a chance of snow. Other models show the storm staying well off the coast, or no storm at all, which could mean dry weather and near-average temperatures.
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