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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 11/30/2008

Forecast: A Raw Rainy Day

By Brian Jackson

SkinsCast: Damp and Dismal

By Brian Jackson

If you've got any activities or chores saved up for that "rainy day", now you've got no excuses to put them off. Twin areas of low pressure barrel overhead today bringing plenty of the wet stuff. I've also got the answer to the question of snow that's gotten so much attention earlier this week, forget it. Some pockets may be cool enough for some sleet early this morning, but we just don't have enough cold air to go around for snow.


Rain, 39-43. The pair of low pressure systems moving northward spells rain for all of us. While we won't be seeing any torrential downpours, a steady light to moderate rain during the morning and afternoon hours will likely drop 0.5-1". The extensive rain and cloud cover will make it feel rather raw with highs only in the lower 40s. With low dew points across the area, we could see some mixed precip/sleet early this morning but probably before you're reading this. Winds will blow from the east at about 5-10 mph.

Rain will continue into the evening but decrease in coverage and intensity overnight, from southwest to northeast. Again with the heavy cloud cover and considerable moisture, temperatures won't change much only dipping into the upper 30s with winds from the north around 10 mph.

Keep reading for the forecast through midweek.


Rain showers ending. 45-48. While most of the day should be dry, I'll hold the mention of some showers in the forecast, especially for the morning hours and those of you to the north. Skies will have plenty of grey in them for the most part and a breeze will be picking up during the afternoon out of the southwest at 15-20 mph. Afternoon highs should reach the mid 40s.

Monday night sees slow clearing. Overnight lows will be chilly with lows in the lower 30s in the District to the upper 20s in the suburbs.


Tuesday the clearing continues but temperatures stay on the cool side. By afternoon, a good deal of sunshine will likely emerge but it won't do much to warm us up. Afternoon highs should only be in the mid 40s. Confidence: Medium-High

Wednesday looks to be the warmest day of the week, as well as the sunniest. Mostly clear skies will prevail and our afternoon highs will feel quite balmy (note sarcasm), possibly cracking the 50 degree barrier. Confidence: Medium-High

By Brian Jackson  | November 30, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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Saw a little sleet mixed in with the rain at 1 a.m. this morning (in McLean). Fun to listen to, but it certainly didn't last very long.

Posted by: KBurchfiel | November 30, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

In the Blue Ridge Mtns, there is some ice accumulating on trees. Photo at

Posted by: spgass1 | November 30, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Any chance for snow in the next week or so? Are the models hinting at anything? I am really going to have to learn how to read the models!!!

Posted by: snowlover | November 30, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Anybody here from the Shepherdstown, WV area? I was supposed to bring my son back to college today, but wussed out when I saw that the forecast called for freezing I'm shooting for leaving around 7 a.m. Monday (National Weather Service seems to think nothing will be freezing to the pavements by then). Any local updates you can provide would be appreciated...thanks!

Posted by: meta2 | November 30, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse


You should have few, if any problems driving your son home tomorrow morning. Most of the iciness has occurred above ground (e.g. on tree limbs) and surface temperatures are mainly above freezing.


If there's a legit snow threat in the next week, we'll post an SLCB.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | November 30, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Jason!

Posted by: meta2 | November 30, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Looks like smooth sailing in terms of weather for my trip to Florida. 60s-70s all week with little rain. Not bad. Just one favor? Hold the snow off until the 10th for me...please?

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | November 30, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

10:15-10:30 PM Sunday. Pretty heavy line of rain showers in Vienna-Oakton area. Looks like a strong convegence line, possible line of T-storms, even with the cool surface temps (warm air/instability aloft), but no lightning yet. This should end most of the precip in this area.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | November 30, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

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