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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 04/19/2008

Forecast: 'Sun'sational Saturday, Sunday Soaker

By Jason Samenow

Call it a 50/50 weekend, half good, half bad. We enjoy 80-degree warmth and sunshine today but will most likely endure rain with temperatures only reaching 60 or so tomorrow. The cool, wet weather may persist through at least next Tuesday, so for now: carpe diem!


Spectacular. Low 80s. Warm high pressure holds on for one more day with mostly sunny skies and high temperature cracking 80 in most spots. As winds increase from the south during the afternoon, some high clouds may start streaming in.

Overnight, we cloud over with rain likely after midnight. Lows will be in the upper 50s.

Confidence: Medium-high

Keep reading for the forecast for Sunday into early next week...


Rainfall projections from NOAA's HPC.

Rain likely. Low 60s. A very slow moving area of low pressure will gradually move into the region, producing rain -- which could be moderate to heavy at times. NOAA's Hydrometeorological Prediction Center (HPC) projects over 3" of rain late Saturday through Monday over the region. These projections are often overdone, but I think we have the potential for 1-2" of rain, with locally heavier amounts. Winds from the east will keep it cool, with temperatures steady between 59-63.

Rain is likely to continue Sunday night as the low drifts south, with lows in the upper 50s.

Confidence: Medium


As the low pressure center continues to very slowly drift southeast and away from the region Monday, the steady rain should taper to scattered showers. But with a stubborn wind from the east, temperatures will probably only rise into the low 60s. Confidence: Medium

On Tuesday, we'll continue under easterly flow, so considerable cloudiness remains a strong possibility with patchy drizzle, especially during the morning. We might see the sky brighten during the afternoon, but don't bet on it. Highs should reach the mid 60s. Confidence: Low-medium

By Jason Samenow  | April 19, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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Are the comments broken? No, everyone is out playing.

what would it take to get a pollen forecast along with every thing else? I can hardly step outside today without breaking out in hives.

Posted by: dynagirl | April 19, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I have a question:

Everyone is still saying that there's a big drought and dulles is way below average for rain. I just checked on and Dulles got 10 inches of rain in march and already has 4 inches this month (expecting another 1 or 2 tomorrow). where's the drought?

Posted by: skins fan | April 19, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Any chance of snow this week ? :)

Posted by: FJH | April 19, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

It will snow somewhere on earth this coming week.

Posted by: VaTechBob. | April 19, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Don't know where those TWC numbers came from, but the NWS amounts for Dulles are:
SINCE MAR 1 3.94
SINCE JAN 1 7.88
Those are below average by 0.51, 1.59, and
3.47, respectively; not drastically low, but definitely dry.

Posted by: Steve, Capital Weather Gang | April 19, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

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