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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 11/ 4/2008

Forecast: Rainy Change You Can Believe In

By Matt Rogers

A slow-moving coastal storm will put an end to our recent dry weather pattern. Look for the rains to gradually develop this morning and start canvassing the area in earnest this afternoon and evening. Like a long election cycle, this storm promises to hang around the area into Wednesday and possibly even Thursday (the computer weather models are projecting uncertain results regarding when this storm finally exits our area). We may get a chance for some sun by Friday, but the weather models are campaigning to keep the clouds around.


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.

Rain likely. 56-60. Vote early and you may avoid today's rain. Scattered rain showers should break out from southeast to northwest this morning (40% chance). Most areas should be getting wet by early afternoon with the steadiest rain arriving late this afternoon and evening (70% chance). Temperatures should be held down due to the cloud cover, precipitation, and cool breezes from the northeast.

Rain and clouds persist through the election night period (chance of rain 70%). Low 49-53. Around 0.5" of rain is possible through late tonight (or earlier tomorrow).

Confidence: Medium

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend.


Clouds and some rain again. 55-59. Our slow low along the coastline will gradually work its way northward, but still dominate the post-election weather scene with clouds, morning rain (60% likelihood), scattered afternoon showers, and generally cool conditions. Another 0.25" of rain is possible. Winds will continue to come at us from the north and northeast.

Wednesday night should see scattered showers (30% chance) with still considerable cloudiness and temperatures dropping to the upper 40s in the suburbs and the lower 50s in the city.


Thursday will likely feature more clouds, a few scattered showers (20% chance) and slightly warmer temperatures in the lower to middle 60s. Thursday night will probably not shake those clouds and temperatures should dip down to the upper 40s to lower 50s once more. Confidence: Low-Medium

Friday has a chance to break free from our week of cloudy weather and sneak in some brief interludes of sun. Temperatures are poised to break 70 degrees and may go slightly higher. Confidence: Low-Medium

The weekend is offering potentially mixed results with an approaching cold front on Saturday triggering yet more clouds and rain showers, especially in the morning. Highs should be in the lower to middle 60s. Sunday after the cold front looks to be back down in the middle to upper 50s and breezy with variable cloud cover. There is even a pesky chance of a lingering shower. Lows by Sunday morning should be down in the 40s throughout. Confidence: Low-Medium

By Matt Rogers  | November 4, 2008; 8:00 AM ET
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Kind of off topic, but is the capital weather team planning on releasing a winter outlook this year? Thanks.

Posted by: jsa1 | November 4, 2008 7:55 AM | Report abuse


Winter outlook will be released in the middle of the month. Date to be announced soon.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | November 4, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Rainy "Change you can believe in"?

How about some Rainy "Country First" or "Straight Talk Express"?

Posted by: MMCarhelp | November 4, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Yes, my original title was "A (Weather) Change for Washington", but our trusty editors had other creative ideas! -Matt Rogers

Posted by: mrwx1 | November 4, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Matt. Like many at home on election day, I'll be walking to my polling place, so appreciate the detailed weather advisory.
Having checked with the bookmarked Gang, I'm headed out -

Posted by: jhbyer | November 4, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

"Rainy weather that not even a hockey mom could appreciate."

Posted by: JJones-CapitalWeatherGang | November 4, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Yes, with this rain slowly encroaching, the earlier the better for walking to your polling station.

Posted by: mrwx1 | November 4, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

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