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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 03/21/2008

Weekend Events: Hoops, Easter and Elephants

By Dan Stillman

Cool temperatures and a chance of showers will make for a less-than-ideal late-March weekend, but when all is said and done the weather shouldn't be too maddening for basketball fans heading to and from the Verizon Center on Saturday, nor for early-risers on Easter Sunday. Forecast confidence drops come Monday, just when the Easter eggs start rolling and the elephants start walking, but at least the trend is toward dry rather than wet or snowy.

SATURDAY

NCAA Men's Tournament, 2nd Round, Tipoff: 2:10 p.m ... Fans coming and going from the Verizon Center may have to dodge a few sprinkles or showers (50% chance) during the afternoon and early evening, but they would likely be of the light variety. Temperatures should be close to their highs in the mid to upper 40s on the way into the arena, dropping back into the low to mid 40s by the time the games let out in the early evening.

Keep reading for Sunday's Easter sunrise and Monday's White House Easter Egg Roll and Elephant Walk forecasts. See Camden's post for our full forecast through the weekend and early next week.

SUNDAY

Easter Sunrise Services, Sunrise: 7:06 a.m. ... Saturday's clouds and showers should be gone, replaced by partly to mostly clear skies by sunrise on Sunday. Temperatures should start the morning out in the low 30s, reaching the low 40s by noon.

MONDAY

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First Lady Laura Bush presides over the 2007 White House Easter Egg Roll. Credit: White House / Shealah Craighead

White House Easter Egg Roll, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. ... Is it me, or does it always rain on the White House Easter Egg Roll? This year, rain or even snow are not completely out of the question. But more and more it is looking like a potential storm will stay far enough off the Atlantic coast, leaving us with dry weather and partly sunny skies. Morning temperatures in the mid to upper 30s should rise to the mid to upper 40s by early afternoon.

Elephant Walk, 1:30 p.m. ... The circus is coming to town on Monday, which means elephants will be walking the streets of D.C. It'll be a chilly one for both the spectators and elephants (anyone have some size XL sweaters the circus can borrow?), with temperatures in the mid to upper 40s. Odds are the weather will be dry and partly sunny. But, as mentioned above, there's still an outside chance that more clouds and precipitation could enter the picture.

By Dan Stillman  | March 21, 2008; 11:00 AM ET
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