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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 10/27/2008

PM Update: A Preview of Cold Times to Come

By Ian Livingston

Blustery wind-chilled day upcoming Tuesday

Radar: Latest D.C. area radar loop shows movement of precipitation over past two hours. Powered by HAMweather. Refresh page to update. Click here to see radar bigger. Or see radar bigger on our Weather Wall.

We have seen an early taste of winter today as most locations recorded highs before sunrise and have seen temperatures falling or steady since. A band of light rain (mixed with a sleet pellet or two) has been pushing through this afternoon, and most of this activity will move east of the area prior to the evening commute, though some sprinkles may remain. Temperatures now in the mid to upper 40s will fall slowly this evening as an occasionally gusty northwest wind continues.

Tonight: Clouds will stick around, accompanied by cold temperatures and a northwest breeze. Some additional rain showers are possible overnight, especially east of the area, as a low-pressure system winds up off the coast. Readings should fall as low as the mid 30s in the suburbs to right around 40 in D.C. Winds will blow around 10 mph throughout the night.

Tomorrow: Tuesday will be another cold one. Mostly cloudy skies will again cover the area and winds will increase as the storm system really gets going to our northeast. Look for highs only reaching the low 50s in many places, with some towns possibly getting stuck in the upper 40s. These temperatures will combine with winds gusting as high as 35 mph to create wind chills in the low 40s through much of the day.

See Jason's full forecast through the weekend.

By Ian Livingston  | October 27, 2008; 3:15 PM ET
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This looks like a pretty big storm... how come none of the forecasts this morning called for rain? (not looking forward to a long walk home without an umbrella....)

Posted by: akva | October 27, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

What the heck? I checked this morning and nobody called for rain. The NWS even said in a Short Term Forecast that 'no precipitation is expected with the frontal passage.' It was supposed to be 60 today. I leave to get on the bus and it's pouring and 38 degrees. Sheesh! I guess it was one of those "oops" days, hehehe.

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | October 27, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Just had a big gust come through in Sterling. And I saw one lone sleet pellet bounce off the ground as some drizzle fell. Wintry feel to the weather, and the radar looks wintry too.

Sigh. Come faster, snow.

Posted by: Sterlingva | October 27, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Yes--definitely one of those oops days. Behind the cold front, an upper level disturbance generated a lot more in the way of clouds and rain than anticipated, and that also held down temps.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | October 27, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

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