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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 10/23/2008

PM Update: Dry Spell Hits Homestretch

By Ian Livingston

Transitional day Friday as storm system approaches

Programming note: As some of you may have noticed, commenting now requires registration. We really don't have anything to say that the lovely Dan Steinberg at the DC Sports Bog hasn't already said -- "Apparently you now need to log in to leave a comment here.... This will rid the Bog of all those hundreds of thousands of anonymous troll commenters. Oh, that's right, we have none of those here. But log in anyhow. Do it for your children."

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Temperatures: Current area temperatures. Powered by Weather Bonk. Map by Google. Hover over and click icons for more info. Click and hold on map to pan. Refresh page to update. See map bigger on our Weather Wall.

Another sun-filled but fairly chilly day -- the 22nd in a row without measurable rain -- has shaped up across the area. Highs are now reaching the mid 50s just about everywhere, and winds have become significantly less of a nuisance compared to the last two days. Mostly clear skies will persist through the rest of the afternoon and evening.

Tonight: We will see a repeat of last night with cold temperatures and mostly clear skies once again the stories. The chillier suburbs should fall to near freezing as the D.C. heat island stays closer to a "toasty" 40 degrees. Winds will be light from the east.

Tomorrow: Friday will be a transitional day as the first signs of Saturday's storm system arrive. Morning sunshine will give way to increasing cloudiness throughout the day while temperatures rise to the upper 50s to near 60 for highs. Winds continue from the east and they should increase by late in the day. Shower chances should hold off till very late in the evening, and then become likely after midnight and during the day Saturday.

See Josh's full forecast for more details on a potentially rainy Saturday, and the prospects for drying out Sunday into the start of the next work week.

By Ian Livingston  | October 23, 2008; 3:15 PM ET
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"puff puff" (blows in microphone) "is this thing on?" (feedback).

Ok, I logged in. Homeland security is watching me...I can feel it.

Posted by: bikerjohn | October 23, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

bikerjohn: Yep, pretty much. They have to keep track of us rowdy weather-trackers. We can get pretty nasty.

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | October 23, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

KBurchfiel = mcleaNed

Just one wave of high pressure after another, isn't it? I'm getting interested in the GFS readings for a week out; it looks like New England might be subject to an early season nor'easter. (Though we all know how accurate 7-day forecasts are. :-)

Posted by: KBurchfiel | October 23, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Hahaha, I remember last winter everyone looked at the 7 day and said SNOW STORMMMMMMM!!!!! As it got closer that itty bitty 0°C line advanced farther and farther north. By the time the system got here, it was 65 and raining. And, of course, the next night the wind chill would be 2.

As I was typing this I just checked Margusity's blog, and he's all over what you mentioned.

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | October 23, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

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