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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 05/18/2008

Forecast: Rainy Conclusion to Weekend

By Brian Jackson

By Brian Jackson

Don't expect anything like last Sunday's downpour but another wet close to the weekend is in store. Look out for showers and thunderstorms as a cold front moves through the area this afternoon. Much more tranquil conditions return tomorrow.

TODAY

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Afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Low 70s. A cold front approaches from the northwest triggering some showers and thunderstorms, especially between about 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. A few thunderstorms could approach severe levels with gusty winds and small hail possible. Although showers and storms are a good bet in most locations, they should move through over a period of a couple hours, rather than lasting all day. Rainfall amounts should stay under a quarter of an inch, except higher in locally heavy downpours.

Overnight, the shower activity will wind down and leave us with mostly cloudy skies. Winds will remain breezy, coming out of the west at 10-15 mph. Temperatures will dip to the mid to upper 40s.

Confidence: Medium-High

TOMORROW

Mix of sun and clouds, still breezy. Near 70. Cool winds from the northwest (around 15 mph) stay with us on Monday, putting a cap on high temperatures right around 70. Skies will be sunny for the better part of the day with an increase in cloud cover for the evening.

Monday night brings with it another chance (30%) for some light showers across the area. Most of us should stay mainly dry though under mostly cloudy skies. Lows droo to around 50 (some 40s in the suburbs).

Confidence: High

A LOOK AHEAD

On Tuesday, a quick moving storm system swings through the region. It will generate a good chance (60%) for some rain showers, with the heaviest and most concentrated rain likely south of the metro area. Highs should be in the upper 60s.

Wednesday stands a good chance to be a relatively nice day. Expect a mix of clouds and sun in the morning followed by mostly sunny skies in the afternoon that boost highs to near 70.

Brian Jackson earned his Master's degree in meteorology from Florida State University in August of 2007. He now works at the National Ice Center in Suitland, MD as a snow and sea ice analyst.

By Brian Jackson  | May 18, 2008; 10:00 AM ET
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