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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 09/24/2008

Forecast: Quiet Weather to Finally Make Noise

By Dan Stillman

Sunshine today; clouds, rain and wind tomorrow

Another day, another Nice Day Sun. That's the way it's gone as of late around these parts, and that trend continues today. But the pattern finally breaks tomorrow thanks to a slow-moving coastal storm that could bring gusty winds and over an inch of rain to parts of the area Thursday through early Saturday.

TODAY (WEDNESDAY)

Mostly sunny. Low-to-mid 70s. What a spectacular day! Lots of sunshine and highs in the comfortable low-to-mid 70s. Some, though, might complain about their hair getting blown around by a 10-20 mph breeze from the northeast.

Tonight, mostly clear through most of the night with increasing clouds toward morning. A continuing breeze from the northeast will mix up the air enough to keep temperatures from dropping too far -- lows near 60 downtown, mid 50s in the suburbs.

Confidence: High

Keep reading for the decidedly different forecast through the weekend. See NatCast for the forecast for tonight's second-to-last home game of the season.


A flag masks the setting sun Monday evening at the Washington Monument. By Capital Weather Gang photographer Ian Livingston.

TOMORROW (THURSDAY)

Becoming overcast and rainy. Windy. Highs in the 60s. Morning skies will cloud up as a slow-moving coastal storm approaches from the south, with periods of rain from late morning on. The clouds and rain will make for the coolest day we've seen in quite some time, with highs only in the 60s. Winds gusts over 30 mph will add to the chill.

Periods of rain and gusty winds continue overnight. Temperatures don't do much, dropping to near 60 in the city and to the mid-to-upper 50s in the burbs.

A LOOK AHEAD

The coastal storm sticks around on Friday, meaning mostly cloudy skies, occasional rain, decreasing wind but still breezy, and highs in the 60s. A tropical disturbance, which is currently near the Dominican Republic and could become a tropical depression, could interact with the coastal storm, but may not have a noticeable impact on our weather. Clouds and showers could linger Friday night with lows near 60. Confidence: Medium

Showers could still be scattered about the area early Saturday, but the overall trend will be a drying one with highs in the low 70s. Some peeks of sunshine are possible late in the day, but I wouldn't count on it, at least not yet. Confidence: Medium

Partly sunny and warmer Sunday with highs in the mid 70s to near 80 and just a small chance of a stray shower. Confidence: Medium

By Dan Stillman  | September 24, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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Comments

Lookin for another amazing day

Posted by: Period | September 24, 2008 6:56 AM | Report abuse

Has the Capital Weather team put out their winter weather outlook yet? If so, where can I find it?

Thanks

Posted by: Snowlover | September 24, 2008 7:32 AM | Report abuse

They won't put it out for a while yet.

Posted by: Period | September 24, 2008 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Snowlover: As we said
yesterday
, our winter outlook will come out in November.

Posted by: Jason, Capital Weather Gang | September 24, 2008 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Special Tropical Disturbance Statement:

000
WONT41 KNHC 241402
DSAAT
SPECIAL TROPICAL DISTURBANCE STATEMENT
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
1000 AM EDT WED SEP 24 2008

SATELLITE IMAGES INDICATE THAT THE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM CENTERED
ABOUT 250 MILES...400 KM...SOUTHEAST OF WILMINGTON NORTH CAROLINA
IS ACQUIRING SOME TROPICAL CHARACTERISTICS. THIS SYSTEM COULD
BECOME A TROPICAL OR SUBTROPICAL CYCLONE LATER TODAY OR TONIGHT AS
IT MOVES WESTWARD OR WEST-NORTHWESTWARD. THE LOW IS ACCOMPANIED BY
WINDS OF UP TO 65 MPH...100 KM/HR...TO THE NORTH AND NORTHWEST OF
THE CENTER. REGARDLESS OF DEVELOPMENT THIS SYSTEM WILL BRING
STRONG WINDS...COASTAL FLOODING...HIGH SURF...AND DANGEROUS RIP
CURRENTS TO PORTIONS OF THE U.S. EAST COAST DURING THE NEXT COUPLE
OF DAYS. SEE STATEMENTS FROM LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
FORECAST OFFICES FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND WARNINGS. AN AIR
FORCE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT IS SCHEDULED TO INVESTIGATE THE
SYSTEM THIS AFTERNOON.

$$
FORECASTER PASCH/BERG

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | September 24, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

what are the odds of no rain from 11am-1pm on Saturday in Potomac? I have about 15 4-year-olds and a pony coming for a birthday party! Argh!!!

Posted by: marlee | September 24, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

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