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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 03/18/2008

Forecast: Stuck in a Stormy Weather Pattern

By Matt Ross

Variability is the theme this week. Is it winter? Spring? Debate over astronomical versus meteorological seasons is tabled for the week. The weather doesn't know what season it is in. Why should we? Keep the umbrella handy and a variety of clothing options on the table. You will need to adapt to frequent changes in conditions.


Cloudy, Rain late. Near 50 A warm front will move north of the area today. An area of precipitation will move along the front. Most of the rain will stay well to our north and west during the day, however showers cannot be ruled out for late afternoon (30%). High pressure anchored to our northeast will keep temperatures cool. Look for highs in the upper 40s to lower 50s.

Overnight, rain chances increase to 70%, a bit higher in the northern suburbs, but precipitation amounts will still be modest. Lows will dip to the low 40s and winds will freshen out of the south.


Rainy, windy. Upper 60s. A very strong flow out of the south/southwest associated with a low pressure system will make us warm, wet and windy. Light rain in the morning is likely to become steadier in the afternoon. Temperatures will approach 70 degrees, but accompanied by very gusty winds in excess of 35 mph.

Overnight, the storm system will move to our northeast allowing a strong cold front to move in from the west. Rain, along with a chance of thunderstorms, will taper after midnight and winds will shift to the west and remain very gusty. Low temperatures will be in the low to mid 40s.

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend ...


Sunny, breezy. Mid 50s. Thursday will be sunny and seasonably cool. Wind will be present, but not quite as disruptive. Highs will be slightly below normal in the mid 50s. It will likely be the nicest day of the week. Overnight, it will be quite cold with lows dropping to 25-30 degrees.


Right now, Friday looks like a decent day to end the week. It will be sunny with highs in the low to mid 50s. The weekend is a bit more uncertain other than to say it will be chilly. Look for highs in the upper 40s and low 50s. A clipper system may deliver some light rain late Saturday and Saturday night as it passes to our north. Sunday should be dry with temperatures again in the low 50s.

By Matt Ross  | March 18, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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Safe travels to everyone this week.

Posted by: Period | March 18, 2008 7:32 AM | Report abuse

I feel like the average high has been 53 for like 2 weeks.

also, looks like long range is calling for below normal temps for the foreseeable future.



Posted by: Rishi | March 18, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately the stormy weather is coming on dance night (fifth time in six events!) and promises to raise holy "heck" with tomorrow's PM post-work Harris Teeter errand and Thursday night's SGI Buddhist discussion meeting.

Whatever happened to the Law of Averages??? Rain is supposed to disrupt only 50% of my dance outings, not 90%!!!

Posted by: El Bombo | March 18, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Rishi...I'd say that is correct...The next couple weeks look to average colder than normal....

Posted by: Matt Ross, Capital Weather Gang | March 18, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately the colder than normal weather continues to raise holy "heck" with my plan to put away my heavy coats.

Whatever happened to temperatures remaining at or close to normal? Temperatures are supposed to fluctuate around the mid-50s this time of year, not swing from the high 60s to the low 40s!!!

Posted by: El Wishin it Were Spring | March 18, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

The comment about temps "remaining" in the mid-50's this time of year is incorrect. The mid-50's range is simply average; the actual temperatures in the D.C. area in the spring, every year, tend to fluctuate widely......more than in any other season. I have seen temeratures locally, here in March, range from 90 to as low as 15.

Posted by: Mike | March 18, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Rishi, this is the toughest time of the year for me as well, weatherwise. I'm no fan of winter, but my expectations for warmth are tempered by reality from Dec.-Feb. This time of the year, however, I can taste spring, but yet it still seems so far off. Can't wait for that first 75 degree, sunny day...

Posted by: steve takoma park md | March 18, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Steve - i hear you there. i missed my annual winter beach trip this year, so i'm hurting even more than usual. Nothing to do but wait!

Posted by: Rishi | March 18, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

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