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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 11/28/2008

Forecast: Decent Shopping Weather; Wet Sunday?

By Camden Walker

Black Friday to be warmest day this weekend

* Redskins Forecast: A Giant Question Mark | Noon: Winter Weather Joke *

WeatherCamToday's all-important shopping will go off unimpeded by weather as highs reach the pleasant low-to-mid 50s. Precipitation should not threaten the area until Sunday -- just in time to bother Thanksgiving travelers on their return home. Highs are back down into the 40s for Sunday into early next week, with precipitation chances continuing into Monday.

TODAY (FRIDAY)

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Increasing sun. Low-to-mid 50s. After yesterday's highs near 50, temperatures rise slightly higher today -- to the low-to-mid 50s. Breezes out of the west, though, may make it feel chillier than that. Lucky for shoppers, there's no rain to threaten your mad dashes. In fact, skies should go from fairly cloudy in the morning to partly sunny in the afternoon.

Tonight will be mostly clear, allowing temperatures to fall to the low 30s downtown. Suburbs like Leesburg and Olney will be cooler, into the upper 20s perhaps. Winds will be light from the northwest.

Confidence: High

It sounds like Sunday could be wet. Any chance of snowflakes, too? Keep reading for the forecast into early next week...

TOMORROW (SATURDAY)

Partly sunny. Upper 40s. A good deal of sun, light winds, and somewhat cool highs in the upper 40s will combine to make for a decent day. High clouds may stream in before sunset, representing the first signs of a storm system developing to our south.

Clouds continue to increase overnight, preventing temperatures from getting quite as cold as tonight. Look for mid 30s downtown and around 30 for folks outside the Beltway.

SUNDAY

Mostly Cloudy. Chance of rain/snow showers. Low 40s. Rain is likely to develop, as early as late morning or as late as late afternoon. While highs here at the surface should reach the low 40s, temperatures higher up in the atmosphere may be cold enough for some snowflakes to mix in, especially north and west of D.C. Not the nicest of conditions for Thanksgiving travelers returning home during the latter part of the day.

Sunday night, rain is likely as temperatures hover above freezing, in the mid 30s to near 40. It won't be a good night to be out. ugh.

A LOOK AHEAD

Monday stays mostly cloudy and poses a continued chance of showers (40%). Highs in the mid 40s with gusty winds. Confidence: Medium

On Tuesday, brrr! Highs could only reach the upper 30s to low 40s -- and still quite breezy -- under mostly sunny skies. Air behind the exiting storm system will sure be chilly. Confidence: Medium

By Camden Walker  | November 28, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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Comments

There once was a time on Capital Weather when the slightest speculation of winter weather would cause at least 50+ posts (even on or close to a holiday). Not sure if going prime time helped or hurt your readership.

Posted by: stinkerflat1 | November 28, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

@stinkerflat1

There's no chance of accumulating snow on Sunday so there's not a lot to discuss. People didn't comment much on rain storms on the old site either. And as you say, it's a holiday weekend.

Admittedly, because the commenting interface requires registration/login, that may reduce the numbers a bit -- probably more in quantity rather than quality. And the number of visitors has increased substantially since the move here.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | November 28, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

stinkerflat1 -- as Jason said, traffic is better now than it was on the old site, and it would take more space than appropriate in the comments section here to list the numerous positive benefits (for us and for our audience) of being with washingtonpost.com ... as for comments, we had 27 of them on a Monday afternoon/evening a PM Update post just for flurries and snow showers. So I wouldn't worry... there will be plenty of comment activity when the weather warrants. In the meantime, as much as I encourage any and all to log on and comment, today seems like a nice day to get outside and shop 'til you drop, which is what I'm about to do. Happy T-giving

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | November 28, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Jason - registration will reduce comments. It's a pity.

As for no chance of accumulating snow, Sterling seems to have a slightly different take in their discussion, atleast with regard to ice, sleet, and freezing rain Sun AM over near the Blueridge.

Posted by: gdennie | November 28, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Jason, Mr. Q is probably going 2 want u to prove that that the # of visitors has increased. Hope u can back up your claim or he will probably give a 2 page disseration on how your claims are false.

Posted by: VaTechBob | November 28, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

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