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Posted at 1:20 PM ET, 03/15/2009

Forecast: Lost in the Mist

By Brian Jackson


Today: Cloudy, occasional showers. 45-48 | Tonight: Cloudy, drizzle. 34-38. | Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, afternoon showers. 48-51. | A Look Ahead


Well, we're stuck in a somewhat unpleasant pattern for the time being I'm sorry to say. A stationary front to our south isn't going anywhere soon and easterly flow means gray, drizzly, and cool for the next several days. Fear not! There is hope on the horizon as by midweek we could see another brief taste of spring warmth.

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Today (Sunday): Gray, damp conditions continue today, completing a rather dreary weekend. Rain should be more widespread in the early to midday hours but a light easterly wind will keep chances for drizzle throughout the day. There could be some peeks of sun in the northern areas during the afternoon hours but temperatures will remain cool. Highs will stay in the mid-to-upper 40s. Confidence: High

Tonight: No real changes occur overnight save for dropping temperatures. Our chances for rain will drop as well but patchy drizzle should stick around. Cloudy skies will be the norm and overnight lows will drop into the mid-to-upper 30s. Winds from the northeast will blow at 5-10 mph. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through your midweek...

Tomorrow (Monday): While we'll begin to warm slightly tomorrow, you probably won't notice it as the air stays damp and you probably won't want to be out in it. Drizzly conditions continue and by afternoon we'll see a chance for a passing shower or two. Highs should manage to crack 50 in areas that see some dry time. Easterly winds will continue at around 5 mph.
Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: We'll again see generally gray and misty conditions as our stagnant maritime pattern persists. Expect overnight lows in the upper 30s and easterly winds near 5 mph.
Confidence: Medium-High


Tuesday we finally see our luck begin to change. However, drying out will probably be a slow process. We'll fall in between battling systems as high pressure to our north and west battles low pressure to our southeast. We should at least see occasional breaks in the clouds but I have to keep the chance of drizzle in the forecast during the morning. Afternoon highs continue their upward trend, topping out in the low-to-mid 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

Wednesday we finally break out of this funk! High pressure takes control and brings us the nicest day of the week. Mostly sunny skies and temperatures closing in on 70 will be a welcome reprieve from the damp early week. Confidence: Medium-High

By Brian Jackson  | March 15, 2009; 1:20 PM ET
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Current temp. in Burke: 44.4 with overcast and drizzly conditions.

I actually don't mind this wet weather because we need as much precipitation as we can get (now that we're in a moderate drought).

Don't forget to wear green on St. Patrick's Day! : )

Posted by: Yellowboy | March 15, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

In my humble opinion there is positively, without any shadow of doubt, no weather worse than COLD Rain!!!!

Posted by: SteveT-CapitalWeatherGang | March 15, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

When I was a kid, my grandmother (Sullivan)would pinch my cheek if I forgot to wear green on St. Patrick's Day. Lesson learned.

Re the rain... starting at midnight tonight... enough already ...yes, we need it... just not all in one slow, drizzly, ugly week.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | March 15, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Rain rain, don't go away, grey is how I feel today.

Posted by: Havoc737 | March 15, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I am trying to remember how much the trees must be loving this. Nothing like a nice misty drizzle.

Although some good measurable rain would also be nice for the long term plan. Guess that's not in the cards for this system?

Posted by: LaurainNWDC | March 15, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

As long as it tapers off tomorrow afternoon/evening...

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 15, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Steve, I am not a fan of cold rain and consecutive days of gloomy weather. I am ready for sun and warmth, although it looks to be another nasty day on Monday.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | March 15, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Worse than cold rain: Cold rain with strong gusting wind?

Posted by: AndrewArlVA | March 15, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

is there any chance left for snow this season??????

Posted by: ShaneP | March 15, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse


Not likely.

Posted by: clintonportis17 | March 15, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

We will have plenty of sun and warmth, and most likely a lack of precipitation (we do live in NoVA ya know) in the next several months, so a day of cool and wet isn't too bad every now and then.

Posted by: wecndo | March 15, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

It's humid out, and 42 degrees. Made for a nice walk but it's almost a bit balmy out.

Posted by: Havoc737 | March 16, 2009 1:29 AM | Report abuse

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