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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/16/2009

Forecast: A Case of the Clouds

By Jason Samenow

* Later: Heartland Institute Criticizes CWG Climate Coverage *

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Cloudy, chance of p.m. showers. 45-49. | Tonight: Early showers, remaining cloudy. 36-40 Tomorrow: Cloudy, then slow clearing. 51-55. | A Look Ahead

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Since last Tuesday, daytime sky conditions at Reagan National Airport have varied between mostly cloudy and overcast -- with overcast dominating (especially since Friday). For yet another day, clouds will fill the sky today. Fortunately, we may finally break out of this gray pattern tomorrow afternoon. If not tomorrow, then Wednesday, the sun will almost certainly return from its long absence.

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Today (Monday): Light flow from the east means more cool and clammy conditions. A bit of drizzle is possible in the morning followed by a 50% chance (slightly higher chance to the south and lower chance to the north) of light showers in the afternoon as a weak wave of low pressure approaches from the south. Highs will range from 45-49. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: There's a 40% chance of light showers before midnight followed by cloudy skies and perhaps some drizzle and fog. Lows will range from 37 to 40. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): Some patchy morning fog and low cloud cover should very slowly erode. By afternoon, the sun may start emerging, especially north of town. Highs will depend on how much sun we get, but should crack 50. If we can get the clouds out of here early enough 60 is doable, but more likely we'll top out from 50-55. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow Night: Just a few clouds should stick around, with clearing becoming evident. Lows will be relatively mild -- from 38-44 -- largely due to a developing light breeze from the south. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Finally we should see a partly to mostly sunny day Wednesday which will really boost temperatures, especially when you factor in the mild breeze from the south. Highs will shoot for 70! Confidence: Medium-High

A cold front will bring a chance of some afternoon showers on Thursday, but not a ton of rain. High will head up towards 60, before cooler air starts trickling in Thursday night. Confidence: Medium-High

Cool high pressure builds in for Friday and Saturday, resulting in highs only from 50-55, and overnight lows in the 30s. Both days should be dry. Confidence: Medium

Winds may come back around out of the south by Sunday, initiating some milder weather, with highs near 60. Confidence: Medium

By Jason Samenow  | March 16, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
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Comments

i saw your teaser for the heartland inst. thing. you must be doing something right, but i will reserve judgement until i see their criticisms.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | March 16, 2009 7:55 AM | Report abuse

I heard Doug Hill this morning say there are signs that suggest there will be a generalized warmup for the eastern 2/3's of the country in the next 8-14 day time range. Can the CWG provided any word on that?

Keep up the good work!

Posted by: suntan | March 16, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Guys - this weather is pathetic. Seriously...if we are going to get clouds and moisture at least let it be enough to help our rainfall totals. I mean, I have two young kids at home. Do you know how hard it is to entertain them all weekend when you cannot go outside? If I wanted this weather, we would move to Seattle!

Who can I lodge my formal complaint with?

Posted by: authorofpoetry | March 16, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Hi suntan. Unfortunately, there does not appear to be much prospect for sustained warming on the East Coast. Instead, we get these quick little warm-ups like Wednesday. The Midwest will be greedy and keep most of the warming in the 8-14 day period. Matt Rogers, CWG

Posted by: mrwx1 | March 16, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone like this broken record of chilly gray weather?

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | March 16, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

no.

Posted by: manassasmissy | March 16, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Camden -

I'll vote "no" on the chilly gray weather. But, such is March (and unfortunately much of April) in DC.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | March 16, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

"No" on this dreary, nasty weather which may be aggravating my allergies, along with maple pollen, etc.

Rain potential: today up to 0.25", Wed., up to 0.10". Wonder if Thursday's expected rain is coming in a day early.

There could be an outside local risk for thunder on Thursday as low pressure on cold front is very close to us. Thus far, Sterling hasn't bought into the idea of enhanced local instability.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 16, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

OK friends I lost track of what is going on here. Is this one system or lots of crappy systems one after the other? What happened? Somebody summarize! Talking about it in past tense will also help because then I can pretend it's over.

Posted by: LaurainNWDC | March 16, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

@authorofpoetry: I hear that! My toddler has been a *wreck* because it's been too cool and wet to spend time outside lately - after having teased him with so many trips to the park a couple of weeks ago. I don't mind a good rainstorm or two, especially given how much we need the water, but this mosit-and-cool pattern only seems good for ruining the kids' fun and nothing else!

Posted by: thepill | March 16, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Pill - Isn't it amazing just how much the weather impacts us parents of little ones? One good thing came out of yesterday though. My landscape guy stopped by to set up our 'spring clean up' appointment. Always serves as a sign of warmer weather...

Posted by: authorofpoetry | March 16, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

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