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Posted at 8:00 PM ET, 10/19/2008

Forecast: The Daily Dry

By Jason Samenow

*Freeze Warning tonight north and west of the District*
*Frost Advisory for the close-in suburbs, the District and points east*

No measurable rain has fallen since the first of the month, and rain chances will be scarce to non-existent for about the next week. Days will be sunny with moderate temperatures, and nights will be clear and cool, with frost starting to appear in the suburbs.


Mostly sunny, cool. 58-63. Today brings lots of sunshine courtesy high pressure over the region, but cooler than average high temperatures around 60. Winds from the north at 10 to 15 mph will give the air a brisk feel, especially in the shade.

The coldest air of the fall arrives overnight, with lows reaching the low-to-mid 30s in the cooler suburbs, and near 40 in the city. Frost is likely in suburban locations with a freeze possible in some of the normally colder locations like Frederick and Leesburg.

Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through the week and see SkinsCast for today's game.


Sunny, 63-67. After a frosty start, sunny skies will warm temperatures steadily towards the mid 60s. Winds will be light, with high pressure centered over the region.

It will be clear and cool overnight, but not quite as cold as the night before. Lows drop into the low-to-mid 40s in the city, and the mid-to-upper 30s in the suburbs.

Confidence: High


A cold front will swing through the area on Tuesday, increasing clouds but probably not producing any rain. High temperatures should reach the low 60s.Confidence: Medium-High

Cool high pressure builds back into the region Wednesday through Friday. Skies will be partly to mostly sunny each day, with high temperatures in the mid 50s Wednesday moderating to near 60 Friday. Overnight lows will generally be in the frosty 30s in the suburbs to near 40 downtown.Confidence: Medium-High

By Jason Samenow  | October 19, 2008; 8:00 PM ET
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Looks like we're getting into chapped lip season again. Just remember, folks: 70 percent humidity at 40 degrees IS NOT the same as 70 percent humidity at 80 degrees.

Posted by: mcleaNed | October 19, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Had a lot of fun at LWX (the Sterling weather station) this afternoon... I took some Skywarn spotter training courses, then toured the radar facilities. The new Doppler radar was especially impressive; it looked like a giant soccer ball held up on stilts.

I hope to get pictures up soon. Also saw Sue Palka, who was planning to do some sort of weather poetry reading.

Posted by: mcleaNed | October 19, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

So how cold do you think it goes tonight?

I'll say: DCA-39, BWI -33, IAD-31

Posted by: Jason, Capital Weather Gang | October 19, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Redskins game was certainly cold... even at kickoff! Mean wind.

Posted by: jtf | October 19, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Already down to 43.1, which is nearing my low of 41.0 for October 19. My prediction is that we break 37 at the least, with a 25% chance of below-freezing temps. However you spin it, it's going to be a cold one.

Makes you hope that DC has enough shelter space (along with all the other counties.)

Posted by: mcleaNed | October 19, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

My lips are chapped! Welcome, autumn!

Posted by: Laura in NWDC | October 19, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

BTW: Amber alert in Arlington just issued. 5 year old girl reported missing; ~3 feet tall, African American, with black hair and brown eyes. For anyone in the area tonight, please keep a look out.

Posted by: mcleaNed | October 19, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the double post, but the Amber Alert was issued for ALEXANDRIA, not Arlington. My mistake.
More information on the program can be found here:

Posted by: mcleaNed | October 19, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

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