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Posted at 5:35 PM ET, 11/ 3/2008

PM Update: Clouds Now, Rain Coming?

By Ian Livingston

Election Day brings threat of unsettled weather

Webcam: Latest view of D.C. from the Netherlands Carillon at Arlington National Cemetery. Courtesy National Park Service. Refresh page to update. See this image bigger on our Weather Wall.

Clouds have covered much of the area today, helping to keep highs in the cool mid 50s (in the cloudier east) to near 60 (in the sunnier west). As low pressure continues to develop off the southeast coast, clouds will thicken across the entire area this evening and cool maritime air will remain locked in. Rain should hold off for a while, but it may start to get damp overnight.

Tonight: Cloudy skies continue and some areas of drizzle may form overnight. Chances of more meaningful precipitation increase a bit toward morning, especially south and southeast of town, though the real rain threat looks to hold off until tomorrow. Look for lows in the mid-to-upper 40s in the suburbs to around 50 or a couple degrees above in D.C. Winds will be light from the northeast.

Election Day: Conditions should deteriorate throughout the day, so it may be best to vote as early as possible. As low pressure moves up the coast, rain may (50% chance) overspread the region between mid-morning and noon. And by afternoon or evening, rain will be even more likely (70%) -- possibly falling moderately at times. Highs should reach the mid-to-upper 50s as winds continue to be light from the northeast.

Confidence in this forecast remains low to medium, but the odds for a wet day have increased as we get closer to the event.

See Jason's full forecast through the weekend, SkinsCast for tonight's game, and our Battleground forecast for tomorrow.

By Ian Livingston  | November 3, 2008; 5:35 PM ET
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bring on the rain

Posted by: wecndo | November 3, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

What will be the weather in Manassas for the Rally tonight?! Cold, hot? Rain or No rain?

Posted by: CALSGR8 | November 3, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse


No rain, temps in the 50s for the rally. Cloudy.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | November 3, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

That rally might not happen tonight.

Obama's grandmother just passed away in Hawaii. The passing of a loved one is horrible - but passing away the day before you have a good chance at seeing your grandson become president? Even worse.

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | November 3, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse


Not to be disrespectful or anything, but if she is dead, if certainly doesn't matter to her. But it definitely sucks for him.

Posted by: wecndo | November 3, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

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