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Posted at 3:00 PM ET, 04/14/2008

CommuteCast: Mostly Clear and Breezy

By Ian Livingston

Cold night ahead, warmer on Tuesday

Skies have remained mostly clear throughout the day, allowing the strong April sun to warm temperatures into the mid 50s across the area. The ride home will be dry, mostly clear, and a little chilly for this time of year as a cool breeze from the north continues.

Tonight: A light wind should help keep just about everyone above freezing, but those in the western and northern suburbs should take extra precautions with tender plants that may be exposed to some isolated frost. Under mostly clear skies, expect lows to hit the mid 30s north and west of D.C., while they fall into the upper 30s to near 40 for the District and to the southeast.

Tomorrow: Tuesday will be mostly sunny and warmer than today, though still a little below average temperature-wise. Expect highs to reach the upper 50s across most of the area as light winds out of the north continue.

See Jason's full forecast through the weekend. Also, see PopeCast for the forecast for Thursday's Papal Mass at Nationals Park.

By Ian Livingston  | April 14, 2008; 3:00 PM ET
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Scattered light frost is being forecast inside the Beltway in some areas.

I believe it was much cooler this time last year. There was snow in the mountains, and in Blacksburg while they were televising the events of April 16, 2007.

Posted by: El Bombo | April 14, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Any chance of sleet tonight? If not I want to drink up all of this wine and eat the stock of food.

Posted by: No sleet | April 14, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

No sleet- Enough is enough. The National Weather Service had it in the forecast, some of the TV stations did, and we simply said it was a possibility "especially north and west" and we said there would be no accumulation. It did sleet when high temperatures reached over 50 just a couple weeks before. What can happen is clouds move in, temperatures begin dropping. Then rain begins, and you get additional evaporational and dynamic cooling, and it's sufficiently cold for sleet to fall.

Posted by: Jason, Capital Weather Gang | April 14, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

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