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Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 10/24/2008

Forecast: Wet Saturday; Not Bad Before and After

By Camden Walker

Rain moves in tonight

WeatherCamSaturday is gonna be wet, yet somewhat mild too. Today and Sunday have decent weather on tap, with Sunday likely being a little warmer than we've seen recently. Highs in the 50s make their return as we get into next week. But at least no rain to speak of. Though the rain we'll get tonight and tomorrow is much needed.

TODAY (FRIDAY)

Webcam: Latest view of D.C. from the Netherlands Carillon at Arlington National Cemetery. Courtesy National Park Service. Refresh page to update. See this image bigger on our Weather Wall.

Becoming mostly cloudy. Upper 50s. Cloud cover will put a cap on temperatures today. Most of us will see highs in the upper 50s. Breezes will be perceptible and out of the southeast ahead of a storm approaching from the west. Luckily our rain will hold off until after the evening rush!

A 40% chance of showers enters the picture after 7 p.m. or so, with steadier rain likely after midnight. Overcast skies will keep temperatures from falling far. Lows in the low-to-mid 50s. A breeze from the southeast or east starts to pick up.

Confidence: Medium-High

Really, Capital Weather Gang, are you hinting that my Saturday will be a washout? What about the weather for Sunday's Marine Corps Marathon? Keep reading...

TOMORROW (SATURDAY)

Rain. Mid 60s. It's been a while, but finally we have a rainy day on our hands, at least through midday. Could see an isolated thunderstorm as well. South winds at 10-20 mph (with some higher gusts) will help pump in warmer air -- a silver lining to our soggy day -- with highs reaching the mid 60s. The rain may start to let up as the afternoon wears on, and should be done by the time you head out for after-dinner plans.

Depending on how juicy the storm is and your exact location, rain totals could end up anywhere from 0.75" on the low end to around 1.5" on the high end.

Saturday night, skies clear out as lows drop to the 40s and a breeze from the west or northwest brings in drier air.

SUNDAY

Sunny. Upper 60s. Sunshine dries things out nicely, and just in time for the Marine Corps Marathon (temperatures should be near 50 and rising for the 8 a.m. start time; watch for some scattered wet leaves on any tree-lined roadways). Enjoy the warmer afternoon highs -- into the upper 60s. Breezes should be on the light side, too, so it will definitely be a nice day to be out and about.

Overnight, partly cloudy. Low temperatures will again be in the 40s.

A LOOK AHEAD

Monday looks pleasant, but cooler. Partly to mostly sunny with high temperatures in the upper 50s. Maybe only mid 50s depending on how fast a push of cooler air from the north and west arrives. Confidence: Medium

Tuesday looks like it will continue on the cool side. Partly sunny with highs in the 50s. I'm glad I unpacked my sweaters recently... Confidence: Medium

By Camden Walker  | October 24, 2008; 10:55 AM ET
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Comments

Good morning! Some gorgeous colors in the morning sky can be seen right now in the D.C. webcam above, and on our our Weather Wall.

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | October 24, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

How heavy will this rain be tomorrow? I'm heading to the Maryland Homecoming game and we will be starting the tailgate at 11. Gametime is 3:30. Just wondering when to expect the heaviest rain to figure out how to dress for the weather. Luckily we will have canopies for the tailgate, I'm just hoping it's not pouring down rain for the game.

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | October 24, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

UMDTerpsGirl -- This is not an easy question to answer confidently. But my best guess is that we're looking at a mostly light to moderate rainfall, with any heavy downpours being of the occasional and brief variety.

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | October 24, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

There's a 10k in Browntown (near Front Royal) on Saturday at 9:00a. Any chance the rain will already be passed or should I just sleep in?

Thanks.

Posted by: spgass1 | October 24, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Why is the circulation pattern associated with our next rain event appear to be similar to that of a hurricane, i.e., going in a counter-clockwise direction?

Also, do you have any wild guesses as to when the rain might be falling at its hardest in Montgomery County?

Posted by: Dougmacintyre | October 24, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Ah! Hey! Yesterday it was only a 20% chance of rain before midnight! What is this, an inexact science?

Posted by: LaurainNWDC | October 24, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

spgass1 -- Doubtful that the rain will have passed by then. You may want to consider getting some zzz's :)

Dougmacintyre -- Thanks for the questions. Nothing unusual about the circulation. All large storm systems in the Northern Hemisphere circulate counterclockwise. On the MoCo question, can't really offer any more details than what's in the forecast above and in the comment to UMDTerpsGirl.

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | October 24, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

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