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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 04/12/2008

Forecast: One More Mild Day

By Jason Samenow

Much cooler air tomorrow

Warm weather fans that enjoyed yesterday will be delighted by today's mild weather, as long as they don't mind dodging a possible shower or thunderstorm. The warmth won't last though as chilly weather arrives in earnest tomorrow.


Latest D.C. area radar loop and recent lightning strikes (key). Courtesy Weather Underground. Click here to zoom. Refresh page to update.

Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. 72-76. A cold front will gradually move through the area today. A few scattered showers may develop in the morning (40% chance), with the risk of thunderstorms developing in the afternoon (30% chance), but more likely east of the metro area. Temperatures will rise into the low to mid 70s until cooler air from the northwest arrives at night. All in all, it shouldn't be a bad day for outdoor plans, but it would be good idea to be prepared for a short period of rain at some point.

Partly cloudy skies overnight, with lows 42-47.

Confidence: medium

Keep reading for the forecast for Sunday and early next week. See NatCast to view forecast conditions for today's game.


Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Mid to upper 50s. The jet stream will take a big dip over the eastern third of the U.S. allowing cool air to pour into the region. Temperatures will be about 20 degrees colder than today. An upper level low pressure system will help to generate clouds and perhaps a few scattered showers (35%), but it should be more dry than wet.

Overnight, clouds skies will persist and so will scattered shower chances (30%). Lows will drop down to near 40.


The upper level low pressure area will continue its slow trek through the metro region Monday, generating clouds, a few scattered showers and cool high temperatures in the 50s. Confidence: medium

High pressure will begin to build in from the west Tuesday, resulting in increased sunshine and slightly warmer temperatures. Highs will likely reach the low 60s -- a bit below average, but an improvement from Sunday and Monday. Confidence: medium

By Jason Samenow  | April 12, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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I think it's time to take away that old radar loop.

Posted by: Period | April 12, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Radar and radar loops are what we want. Was looking for something like that on -- yikes, that site is non-user friendly. The Capital Weather Gang site needs those quick links to radars. Not digging this new highly financed version with the WPost but it is the best we got

Posted by: Jaime, Vienna | April 12, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Not hopping on that sleet bandwagon yet, eh? Seems like the opposite setup of what happened on April 3 with the sleet coming down after the cold air had already been in place...tomorrow it seems like the CAA (not the Colonial Athletic Assoc. - GO Mason!) is going to be simultaneously be entrenching as the moisture gets going with the instability...any thoughts Jason?

Posted by: Dulles ARC | April 12, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

This band of showers moving toward Washington... is that it for this morning? or is there more? Seems there's a dry slot after this front coming through.

Posted by: Model Monkey | April 12, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Is there a link that will tell me how many inches of rain we got last night?

Posted by: Sus | April 12, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

The Weather Underground radar may not have been updating correctly earlier this morning. All seems fine now.

Posted by: Dan, Capital Weather Gang | April 12, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Jaime -- Have you browsed our left sidebar? We have pretty much everything we had on the old site and more, including quick links to radars. The only thing really missing is the live shot, which we have a link to on the sidebar, and we often display in post. There's a misconception that we have less features than we use to, but the reality is that we have more.

Posted by: Dan, Capital Weather Gang | April 12, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

That said ... we're always open to constructive criticism and suggestions for new content and features, either via the comments section here or via the Ask the Gang email link at the top of the page. As for "highly financed" ... I'll put it this way, none of us are quitting our day jobs anytime soon :)

Posted by: Dan, Capital Weather Gang | April 12, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Severe T-Storm Watch up to our east now.

Posted by: Ian, Capital Weather Gang | April 12, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Pouring in Lake Ridge for about 15 minutes now...

...and as I was about to hit Submit the sun came out and it's STILL raining. Cool!

Posted by: weatherdudeVA (Lake Ridge) | April 12, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Rain delay at Nationals game.. storms keep reforming over that area, not a drop here in far NW.

Posted by: Ian, Capital Weather Gang | April 12, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Gorgeous day in Baltimore... luckily the storms are forming S&E of here... we'll see if there is any backbuilding!

Posted by: Camden, Capital Weather Gang | April 12, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

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