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Posted at 2:25 PM ET, 09/25/2008

PM Update: Rain, Gusty Winds Spread Across Area

By Ian Livingston

Occasional showers continue on Friday

*Wind Advisory until midnight east of D.C.*
*Gale Warning until 6 a.m. Friday for tidal Potomac, Chesapeake Bay*
*Coastal Flood Advisory until 6 a.m. Friday for tidal Potomac, western Bay shore*

Low pressure moving toward the Carolina coast is now spreading precipitation and gusty winds across the area from southeast to northwest. Winds this afternoon will be sustained around 15-25 mph with some gusts over 30 mph. Once rain begins at any location it may continue through the evening and into the night, but the region will sit very close to the edge of the heavier rain, so some spots may see a decent amount while others see less. In general, look for higher totals east of I-95 and lower totals to the west.

It still appears many will receive rainfall in the range of .75"-1" through tomorrow night, with some higher amounts possible over southern and eastern sections.

Tonight: Rain and wind threats continue through much of the night. Sustained winds around 20 mph are possible through midnight with some gusts topping 40 mph. After midnight, wind speeds will decrease a little, but remain somewhat gusty. Low temperatures should drop to the mid and upper 50s across the region.

Tomorrow: We stay cloudy, chilly, breezy and damp on Friday, but it should not be a total washout. The morning commute could be tricky as a potentially heavier batch of rain moves through the area. After that, showers will likely on and off throughout the day with a possible extended period of mostly dry during the afternoon or evening. Winds continue from the north and northeast as sustained speeds drop to around 10 mph with occasional gusts to 25 mph+. Highs once again will only reach the low-to-mid 60s.

See Josh's full forecast through the weekend and NatCast for tonight's final home game of the season. Follow today's active weather on our Weather Wall.

By Ian Livingston  | September 25, 2008; 2:25 PM ET
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Is there virga going on right now? The radar looks like it's raining here in Silver Spring, but it's not - at least not outside my window.

It has been really dry here the past couple days. My skin feels fall coming.

Posted by: Laura in NWDC | September 25, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

If this were January, this might've ended up as a decent sized snowstorm. Hopefully we'll see more of these types of coastal systems throughout the next several months, accompanied with liberal amounts of cold air of course :)

Posted by: hobbes9 | September 25, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Laura -- Will probably start raining for you in Silver Spring any minute. Probably only the very leading edge of the precip (like about 10-15 minute's worth on radar) is virga.

Posted by: Dan, Capital Weather Gang | September 25, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I have received .05 rain during the past hour. With a temp. of only 54 degrees and a northeast wind of 10-20 mph it feels more like November.

If we were only 60 days into the future, many would awaken to a winter wonderland tomorrow morning.

Posted by: Augusta Jim | September 25, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I understand that the Fairfax County School Board is meeting as we speak to decide whether tomorrow's school should be canceled due to some people talking about snow. As some are wont to say, better safe than sorry!

Posted by: Hopeless Romantic | September 25, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I had to turn on the space heater in my office today. And the light. Today is officially gloomy and clammy.

Posted by: Laura in NWDC | September 25, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Most of the wind reports I'm seeing around the area have suggested sustained winds near 15mph with gusts to near 30mph. I see a wind-blown evening of rain!

Posted by: Josh, Capital Weather Gang | September 25, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it's quite breezy in Sterling.
It sort of looks like snow outside... if it wasn't 62 degrees, I'd be getting excited!

Posted by: Sterling | September 25, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Tropical Storm Kyle is born-

Posted by: Sterling | September 25, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Here on the Western Shore in Chesapeake Beach we've got about 2 foot waves, but the Bay has been a bit higher than normal the last 48 hours or so and I expect some lower areas will get some flooding.

The wind has been constant for the last 24 hours. We have a bit of a dust up earlier about 3 but it's back to the steady winds now. Power has flickered a few times today, but no outages (knock on wood).

Posted by: PenguinSix | September 25, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

If there's a dry slot tomorrow PM as predicted, the dance tomorrow night is likely still "on".

Posted by: El Bombo | September 25, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm from N.Z any chance of the baseball going ahead ?

Posted by: Luke Manias | September 25, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Period | September 25, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

This "storm" was way over hyped. I have less than .05 inches and there does not appear to be anything significant on the radar.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Is the dry air that's been over us giving this thing a beating?

Posted by: Southside FFX | September 25, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

ultimate botched forecast (not necessarily by you guys but by everyone)

Posted by: Period | September 25, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

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