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Posted at 9:45 AM ET, 10/22/2008

Forecast: A Wind-Chilled Wednesday; Still No Rain

By Dan Stillman

But rain a good bet for Saturday

Yesterday was the 20th day in a row with no measurable rain recorded at National, Dulles or BWI airports. That streak will likely reach 23, before a pretty good chance of rain arrives for Saturday -- and it could be of the soaking variety. In the meantime, mostly sunny and cool will be the rule. A gusty breeze will make for a chilly day today.


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Breezy. Mostly sunny. Mid 50s. Winds from the north around 15 mph, with gusts to near 25 mph, will put a chill on morning temperatures in the 40s. Winds let up a bit during the afternoon as highs only make it to the mid 50s despite bright sunshine.

Tonight, winds die down some more as evening temperatures in the 40s to near 50 drop to overnight lows near 40 downtown, low-to-mid 30s in the burbs.

Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend.


Mostly sunny. Light winds. Mid 50s to near 60. Tomorrow is pretty much a clone of today, minus the wind. Under mostly sunny skies, afternoon highs should reach the mid 50s to near 60 with light winds (5-10 mph) from the north or northeast.

Overnight, lows near 30 in the coolest suburbs. Upper 30s to near 40 in the District.


More sunshine starts the day Friday but with some increasing clouds during the afternoon. Highs should make it to the mid 60s. Confidence: Medium-High

Turning partly to mostly cloudy Friday night as an area of rain approaches from the west and an overnight breeze picks up. The clouds will keep temperatures from dropping too far -- lows in the upper 40s (burbs) to low-to-mid 50s downtown. Some showers could reach the metro area by morning. Confidence: Medium

Rain is looking more and more like a pretty good bet for Saturday. In fact, the day could be a washout, though it's still early to make a definitive call on something like that. Yeah, the timing stinks. But we sure could use a good soaking. It'll be an overcast and breezy day with highs probably in the upper 50s to near 60. Confidence: Medium

Showers may linger Saturday night into Sunday morning, eventually giving way to a partly sunny Sunday with highs in the 60s. Confidence: Medium

By Dan Stillman  | October 22, 2008; 9:45 AM ET
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I know its only Wednesday, but with Maryland homecoming on Saturday, and a big tailgate planned from about 9-3, how much rain are we talking about? A constant downpour, just some showers? A soaking?

Posted by: jbroon | October 22, 2008 8:11 AM | Report abuse

JBroon-- Early indications are that we'll have a steady light to moderate rain during that time frame.

Posted by: Jason, Capital Weather Gang | October 22, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

What about in the Charlottesville area ? There is a nice wine festival on Saturday but if it is cold and rainy it would not be too fun ?

Posted by: Jenn in Reston | October 22, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Hi Jenn -- Unfortunately rain chances are looking pretty good in the Charlottesville area, too. But keep checking back with us. Saturday is still 3 days away, which is a long time in the world of weather forecasting.

Posted by: Dan, Capital Weather Gang | October 22, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I have just seen the forecast for rain/snow showers in winchester for tuesday, any input?

Posted by: mamatrose | October 22, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

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