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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 10/ 2/2008

PM Update: Some Early-Season Chill Tonight

By Ian Livingston

Partly sunny and quite nice Friday

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We have officially been in fall for over a week, and today has shaped up as one of our first true fall-like days. Temperatures are mostly in the mid 60s across the area, or a few degrees below average, as scattered cumulus clouds move by overhead. A gusty breeze from the northwest is also adding a bit of chill to the air, reminding us that the warm season has come to an end.

Tonight: The coolest readings of this young season will occur in many locations overnight. Expect temperatures to drop to the lower 40s in the north and west suburbs, the upper 40s south or east of D.C., and right around 50 in the city. Winds should die down a good bit overnight, but if headed out after dark, you may want to grab a sweater or jacket. In parts of southwest Virginia and West Virginia, frost advisories have been issued and temperatures will dip into the 30s as close-by as the Blue Ridge.

Tomorrow: Friday will finish the work week on a very nice note. Temperatures will rise a little higher than today, as most locations hit the low 70s. Some cloudiness is possible late in the day, but plenty of sunshine will be around prior to that. Winds will be light from the west or southwest.

See Josh's full forecast through the beginning of next week.

By Ian Livingston  | October 2, 2008; 3:15 PM ET
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Anyone want to make a guess at local area airport lows tonight? The GFS/ETA guidance gives the following numbers for:

DCA:49/51; IAD:44/44; BWI:46/41.

The main factor will be whether the wind completely dies down tonight. My feeling is no, so here are my predictions:

DCA:52; BWI:48; DCA:45.

Regardless of where they actually end up, they'll likely be the coolest temperatures yet this fall.

Anyone else care to take a stab?

Posted by: Josh, Capital Weather Gang | October 2, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Dulles - 44
BWI - 47
Reagan - 53

Posted by: greg | October 2, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Correction: last prediction mistakenly says "DCA" again; I meant Dulles, also known as IAD.

Posted by: Josh, Capital Weather Gang | October 2, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Dulles 43, BWI 43, DCA 48

Posted by: Paul | October 2, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

It was 45 at 7 a.m.

so ...... Dulles: 42
BWI: 46
DCA: 47

Posted by: weathergrrl | October 2, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Dulles: 45
Reagan: 50

Nice fall chill outside.

Posted by: Sterling | October 2, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I'll say:

DCA 54
BWI 47
IAD 47

Posted by: Murre | October 2, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

I'll take.. 50 @ DC; 43 @ IAD; 44 @ BWI.

Posted by: Ian, Capital Weather Gang | October 2, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

DCA: 52
IAD: 44
BWI: 47

Posted by: PJ Mt. Vernon | October 2, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

BWI: 41

Posted by: Brian, Capital Weather Gang | October 2, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

DCA: 51

IAD: 41

BWI: 45

Posted by: JF | October 2, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Any chance of snow tonight? I have 3 tests tomorrow... I hate AP's.

Posted by: Sterling | October 2, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Not sure that it will get that low tonight. It has been 52 in NW Montgomery for over two hours. Dipped way down at sundown and then has held steady.

Posted by: JT | October 2, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

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