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Posted at 7:45 AM ET, 11/ 3/2008

DC Area Forecast: Election Day Results Cloudy

By Jason Samenow

Tuesday rain chances increasing, but still nebulous

Calling the winner of Tuesday's presidential election sure looks easier than predicting the weather at the moment. A slow-moving coastal storm off the Carolinas will crawl northward, and likely spread rain south and east of the metro area. But it's not clear if the rain will reach the District and points north and west. I'm leaning towards an outcome on the soggy side -- especially from the afternoon Tuesday on into Wednesday, but it's no done deal. For the rest of the week (including today), the weather should be more predictable.


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Cloudy a.m., p.m. sun? 58-63. Moist low-level flow from the east will likely produce overcast skies in the morning, but an increasing southerly component to the wind may allow for some breaks in the cloud deck during the afternoon. Fewer breaks would mean an afternoon high closer to 60 whereas more breaks would boost us to around 65.

Overnight, partly cloudy skies early will become mostly cloudy late at night, with a 20% of light rain south and east of the District by morning. Lows will range from 45-50 (suburbs-city).

Confidence: Medium

Keep reading for the forecast through the week. See SkinsCast for the weather for tonight's game against the Steelers. Check back mid-morning for a comprehensive Battleground State forecast for Election Day.


Chance of rain, especially in the afternoon. Near 60. Low pressure will slowly move northward off the Carolina coast, likely pushing an area of rain towards the area. While this time line is subject to change, rain will probably begin in the south and east suburbs during the morning (60% chance) and reach the immediate metro area by noon (50% chance). Assuming the rain shield makes it into the metro region, it will likely continue through the evening. Overcast skies should hold high temperatures at or below 60. There is still a chance the storm will stay far enough offshore, that most of the metro area will just have cloudy skies.

Overnight, there's a 50% chance of rain, with lows near 50.


Clouds and rain may linger Wednesday due to the coastal storm's slow northward motion. High temperatures should be around 60. Confidence: Low-Medium

We'll probably clear out for the most part by Thursday, with partly sunny skies and highs in the mid 60s. Confidence: Medium

Friday may be one of the nicer days this week, with partly sunny skies and highs in the mid or even upper 60s. Late in the day clouds may increase as a cold front approaches, and rain showers are possible Friday night. Confidence: Medium

After some lingering rain Saturday morning, seasonably cool weather arrives for the weekend behind Friday night's front. Highs both days should be in the upper 50s with partly to mostly sunny skies. Confidence: Medium

Updated 9:15 p.m.

By Jason Samenow  | November 3, 2008; 7:45 AM ET
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Trees in NoVA exploded with color over the weekend. It's a great year for leaves!

Posted by: --sg | November 3, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Yep -- great color along the GW Parkway.

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | November 3, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

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