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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/24/2009

Forecast: The Cool Continues

By Matt Rogers

Late-week warming offset by spring showers.

* World Meteorological Day Feature | Later: Poll on CWG Content *


Today: Clouds and sun. 48-52. | Tonight: Clouds increase. 30-34.| Tomorrow: Cloudy. 47-51. | A Look Ahead


Our normal high in D.C. in late March is near 60 degrees, but our real temperatures will struggle to keep pace today and tomorrow due to a combination of factors. Cool high pressure to the north is delivering a wedge of East Coast coolness, while approaching weather systems from the south and west will begin providing clouds and showers. The bottom line is the gloomy side of a struggling spring. Jason mentioned yesterday that we need rain and we certainly do. March is almost 2 inches below normal on rainfall.

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Today (Tuesday): Cool conditions continue. But like yesterday, we'll see our share of sunshine. After a sub-freezing start, highs will again rise towards the upper 40s to lower 50s. A light wind from the north will blow at around 10 mph. Confidence: High

Tonight: There will be some increase in clouds late at night but temperatures should still be near or below freezing early in the morning. Look for a regional range of low temperatures from 28-33. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

The sunset Sunday at the Manassas Battlefield Park. By CWG photographer Kevin Ambrose.

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Clouds will combine forces with cool high pressure to the north to potentially prevent us from seeing highs much above 50 around the area. There is a chance for showers to arrive by evening (30%). Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Cloudy with showers likely (60%), but temperatures will not be nearly as chilly with low 40s likely. Confidence: Medium


Thursday inches warmer with low-to-mid 50s, but with showers again, some of them could be moderate to heavy in the afternoon. The sun will be mostly hidden away on this day. Confidence: Low-Medium

Friday is aiming to be our warmest day of the week with lower 60s arriving. Showers could stick around in the morning hours (with morning lows in the 40s again), but partly sunny skies should allow us to break toward above-normal temperatures by afternoon. Confidence: Medium

The final weekend of March is subject to change, but the latest thinking is for (and I apologize beforehand) clouds, showers, and high temperatures a little below normal (upper 50s to around 60). As of now, Saturday looks to be the wetter of the two days with some slow clearing possible later on Sunday. Lows should be in the 40s. Confidence: Low-Medium

By Matt Rogers  | March 24, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
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Hey, why are we getting TWO MORE DAYS of this cold, raw crud??? Can I really wait till Friday???

I thought we were supposed to get the SIXTIES tomorrow, and am beginning to get tired of these nasty raw Marches of late. Seems I can remember March days of some years back in the seventies and eighties, especially this late in the month. Recent years seem to have seen an overwhelming surplus of this stinky raw stuff in late March!

On the brighter side, it seems my Friday evening dance trip will be relatively dry. [Let's hope it stays that way!!!]

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 24, 2009 7:49 AM | Report abuse

18.5F this morning on the Blue Ridge east of Front Royal.

Posted by: spgass1 | March 24, 2009 7:55 AM | Report abuse

I'm with Bombo.

Sick of the cold, raw March. Another day well below normal.

When are we gonna see more than one day at a time at or above normal?

Posted by: ThinkSpring | March 24, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I was actually a little surprised the local thermo on Dupont Circle was reading 32 around 9:30. When there was no breeze in the sun it felt almost warm. That late-March sun is powerful.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | March 24, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Add me to the list of people who are getting really tired of winter clinging on. It's making lots of people crankier than usual.

Posted by: | March 24, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

What really irritates me is that we were "promised" sixties on Wednesday by everyone, including the NOAA models & model ensembles, and now they DARE to renege on us with more of this raw crud!!! This is not CWG's fault since NOAA evidently bought into the "warmup".

If they had honestly told us we'd be cold until the weekend, we probably wouldn't be complaining so much.

To add insult to injury, you RARELY get a good snow out of the cold weather this late in the season!

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 24, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Let's curtail the whining about this wonderful weather! We will have plenty of days ahead when the summer heat will whither everything in sight.

I certainly hope we get rain this week. My trees and shrubs are desperate for moisture; I think one of my Italian Cypress has died and several hollies have dead spots. I can't believe it's only March and I'm having to schlep the sprinkler around the yard already.

After yet another year of disappointing and dismal snowfall, let's pray for rain--and lots of it!

Tom in Michigan Park, DC

Posted by: TominMichiganPark | March 24, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Agree with Ian that the sun is certainly warm. Anyone else, though, chilled by our constant light breeze today?? brrr! It's confusing for the body to have that combined with the warm sunshine...

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | March 24, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

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