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Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 03/27/2008

Weekend Events: Blossoms, Baseball and Beyond

By Dan Stillman

Ya never know what you're gonna get at the end of March. Sure, it can be sunny and mild with spring fever in the air. But it can just as easily be cold, rainy and windy, with snowflakes to boot. So let's count ourselves lucky that, while a bit cool, the weather should mostly cooperate with what is the first big outdoor weekend of the year: Runners will be taking their marks, kites will be flying and blossoms will be bursting. Oh yeah, and can you say, "Play Ball?"



National Marathon, Race Time: 7 a.m. ... Saturday morning's weather will depend on how long a stalled-out cold front lingers in the area before being pushed south by high pressure moving in from the northwest. At worst, race-time weather would be cloudy with a chance of a shower. But more likely, the front will already be on its way out by Saturday morning, leaving National Marathon participants and spectators with clearing skies and temperatures near 40 to start the race, rising to near 50 by the 1 p.m. closing of the finish line.

Keep reading for the Smithsonian Kite Festival, Nationals and cherry blossom-viewing forecasts. See Josh's post for our full forecast through the weekend and early next week.

Smithsonian Kite Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ... Sure, a little warmer would be nice. But otherwise Saturday should be a fine day to fly a kite, with partly to mostly sunny skies and temperatures rising from the mid 40s around 10 a.m. into the low 50s by mid to late afternoon. What about wind? Well, it shouldn't be a kite-killer, but at 10-20 mph from the north with a few higher gusts, it may be slightly breezier than some would like.

Nationals vs. Orioles (exhibition), 6 p.m. ... Weather for this dress rehearsal at Nationals Park is looking good, if a bit cool. See NatCast for the details.


Nationals vs. Braves (Opening Night), 8:05 p.m. ... Yep, you guessed it -- see NatCast for the grand-opening forecast.



National Cherry Blossom Festival ... Officially, the National Cherry Blossom Festival begins Saturday and runs through April 13. The National Park Service forecasts blossoms to be in peak bloom starting today through April 3. As it turns out, this will be a pretty decent weekend for blossom browsing, though even with a good amount of sunshine you'll still need the long pants and jacket with highs only in the upper 40s to low 50s. Heading to the Tidal Basin early Sunday morning? Bundle up even more, as temperatures will begin the day in the 30s.

By Dan Stillman  | March 27, 2008; 11:10 AM ET
Categories:  Cherry Blossoms, Forecasts  
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Will any heavier showers reach us today or is what we already got pretty much it?

Posted by: Period | March 27, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Hi Period -- see answer back in comments section of previous (general forecast) post

Posted by: Capital Weather Gang | March 27, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

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