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Posted at 9:20 AM ET, 11/ 5/2008

Forecast: A New Day in Washington, Still Cloudy

By Dan Stillman

If the new president-elect thought that glorious, victorious sunshine would reign down on Washington the "day after" -- well, not so much. Yesterday's clouds haven't gone anywhere, and probably won't until a stagnant coastal storm off the mid-Atlantic coast drifts away. The heaviest of the storm's rain, however, will stay east of the metro area.

TODAY (WEDNESDAY)

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Cloudy. A few showers or sprinkles. Low 60s. A cloudy and not-so-cold November day with a few showers or sprinkles in the metro area, but more significant and steadier rains likely staying east of the Chesapeake Bay. Morning temperatures mainly in the low 50s should rise to highs in the low 60s. And a moist breeze will blow from the northeast around 15-20 mph (with some higher gusts) from D.C. toward points east, and around 10-15 mph west of the city.

Tonight, an equally inspiring forecast -- cloudy with occasional showers, especially from D.C. toward points east, and maybe some areas of drizzle. Lows 48-54.

Confidence: Medium

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TOMORROW (THURSDAY)

Partly sunny. A few passing showers. 60s. Skies should be a little brighter than today as the coastal storm weakens and edges east, and there may be some breaks of sunshine, though models disagree as to how many. So we'll call it partly sunny with a few showers around, highs in the 60s (low-to-mid 60s with less sun, mid-to-upper 60s with more sun), and breeze from the north around 10 mph.

Overnight, partly cloudy with lows in the upper 40s to low 50s. Possibly some mid 40s west of town where clouds may clear out a bit more.

A LOOK AHEAD

The somewhat dreary work week finishes on a more pleasant note Friday, with partly to mostly sunny skies and highs in the upper 60s to low 70s. Clouds are on the increase again Friday night as a cold front approaches, possibly triggering a few showers overnight or toward morning as lows drop to the low-to-mid 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

With that cold front in our vicinity, we may see a fair amount of clouds around on Saturday and a few showers aren't out of the question. Highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Confidence: Low-Medium

Sunday is looking like the sunnier of the weekend days, but also the cooler with highs only in the 50s. Confidence: Medium

By Dan Stillman  | November 5, 2008; 9:20 AM ET
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