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

Forecast: Relentness Rawness

By Jason Samenow

Rain chances increase tonight

As I discussed Tuesday, the weather in early April can be dismal. We're in the middle of a cool, damp and dreary stretch that will last at least through the middle of next week. Of more immediate concern is whether rain will spoil outdoor plans today and tomorrow. The way it looks now, a good part of today may well be dry, but rain becomes likely tonight and may last into Sunday morning. Rain chances increase the farther south and east you go.

TODAY

Cloudy, chance of rain overnight. Near 60. Last night's rains - most abundant to the southeast - should taper to drizzle early this morning. The sky may brighten a bit by afternoon before the next chance of rain threatens after dark. High temperatures will likely be around 60 with a wind blowing from the northwest at 10-15 mph.

Overnight, rainfall chances will vary from 50% inside the beltway and points north and west to 60% south and east of the beltway. Low temperatures will fall to near 45.

Keep reading for the forecast for Sunday into early next week. See UnitedCast for the latest outlook for tonight's DC United home opener.

SUNDAY

Chance of morning rain. Mostly cloudy in the afternoon. Near 55. There's a 30% chance the rain will linger through mid to late morning . These rain odds are even higher east of town. During the late morning and afternoon, partial clearing may occur very slowly -- especially west of town -- but considerable cloudiness will likely stick around. A cool north wind will hold high temperatures in the mid to upper 50s -- possibly even lower if we don't see much sun.

Overnight, we completely cloud over again as clammy easterly flow settles in, with fog and drizzle possible towards morning. Low temperatures should range from 40-45.

A LOOK AHEAD

Cool easterly flow will have us socked in on Monday, with overcast skies and a chance of drizzle. Temperatures probably won't rise higher than 55. On Tuesday, it may be pretty much the same deal.

By Jason Samenow  | April 5, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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Comments

It's to the point that this cold & wet spell is keeping my boat out of the water. Repair patches on the hull didn't solidify due to the cold, and had to be removed for another try if it ever warms up. Can't paint until the patches take - and can't paint in the rain anyway. I only have until April 30! :-(

Posted by: ~sg | April 5, 2008 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Beautiful sunshine this morning out here in Loudoun County!

Posted by: Andy | April 5, 2008 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Cloudy?

I have not seen a clearer day in my entire life.

Posted by: Period | April 5, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Anybody else suffering from their worst allergies of the season thanks to all of this drizzly misty stuff?

I know we need the rain, but I wish it would just RAIN, already!

Beautiful morning at the moment, though.

Posted by: Laura in NWDC | April 5, 2008 8:47 AM | Report abuse

gorgeous gorgeous morning .... and now ...poof .... here come the clouds ....

Posted by: weathergrrl | April 5, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

It's cloudy in DC but it doesn't surprise me that there's some sun further west away from the front. A good part of the day will actually be pretty nice, especially west... until the next batch of rain approaches this evening.

Posted by: Jason, Capital Weather Gang | April 5, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

What a beautiful morning - especially compared to the forecast. Any pattern connection between this missing rain and the frequent near misses in the snow months ? Are we still in some sort of dry gap pattern?

Posted by: MDScot | April 5, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

MDScot -- The missing rain just had to do with the front being a tad south and east of where the models put it. A small model error can make a huge difference in the forecast. While we got the rain forecast wrong overnight, we've been talking about the fact it may be mainly dry most of the day Saturday since yesterday.

Posted by: Jason, Capital Weather Gang | April 5, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Laura in NWDC: I hear you TOTALLY on the allergies! I felt like not getting out of bed this morning. Nose, throat, sneezing coughing, ears clogged beyond belief. You'd think the rainy/drizzly weather we've had over the last few days would wash all that out! I guess it just made everything explode out of the ground. Dang it.

Still waiting on the rain, can't wait 'til it gets here! :)

Posted by: weatherdudeVA (Lake Ridge) | April 5, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

What the heck? A day or two ago, NWS and CapWx had Sunday has sunny and a good day for cherry blossoms. Now I'm looking at 60% chance of rain and cloudy?!

Posted by: Jake in Reston | April 5, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Jake-- The weather pattern we're in is one of the most challenging we've faced for a while. Timing the progression of this slow moving front and its associated areas of low presure is tough. Everything keeps slowing down. Tomorrow is now looking pretty crummy.

Posted by: Jason, Capital Weather Gang | April 5, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Hey Jason... thanks for the response. Is it worth it to scramble and get out there today?

Posted by: Jake in Reston | April 5, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Jake-- Looking good all afternoon (today).

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