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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 03/29/2009

Forecast: Warmer with Chance of Showers, Storms

By Brian Jackson


Today: Mild, 50% chance of showers and t'storms. 68-72.| Tonight: Partly cloudy. 39-42. | Tomorrow: Sunny, breezy. 60-63. | A Look Ahead


An energetic cold front will sweep through the region today, possibly triggering some showers and even a gusty thunderstorm. The threat of rain should gradually lessen this afternoon with brighter skies and welcoming warmth, although a few spots could be impacted by a storm or two up until evening, particularly to the north and northeast of town. By tomorrow and Tuesday, we'll completely dry out with lots of sunshine.

Today (Sunday): After any morning rain/drizzle, skies should brighten. Afternoon highs should range from the upper 60s to lower 70s though any extended sunshine could push the mercury up a few notches more. A round of showers and storms is possible in the afternoon hours, which could be strong -- but mainly north and northeast of the District. Winds will be out of the south and southwest at 10-15 mph with stronger gusts possible in any thunderstorms. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Any remaining t'storms will be winding down along with the sun and skies will quickly clear out behind them. Temperatures will drop quickly out of the 60s dropping to around 40 degrees for the overnight low with some upper 30s possible in the outer suburbs. Winds will be out of the west-northwest at 10-15 mph. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through your mid-week...

Tomorrow (Monday): We won't be breaking any record highs but conditions look quite pleasant to begin the work week, if you don't mind a stiff breeze now and again. Skies will be bright though, and afternoon highs will warm into the low-to-mid 60s. Winds from the west will be strong, blowing at 15-25 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night:Winds will begin to ease overnight and we will be in for a very similar performance to tonight. Clear skies and temperatures right around 40 for overnight lows will be the norm across the region. Winds will become out of the northwest but weakening to around 5 mph. Confidence: Medium-High


Blossoms in Dumfries, Va. Friday morning. By CWG photographer Kevin Ambrose.

Tuesday, fair and mild conditions continue for us, and this time, without the wind. Sunny skies will greet you as you head out the door and temperatures will again warm to the mid-60s. Confidence: Medium-High

Wednesday brings with it a return to a more active pattern that will last the remainder of the work week. A cold front approaching from the west brings mostly cloudy conditions that will keep our afternoon temperatures from climbing out of the mid-to-upper 50s. We'll have a good chance for some rain as well as I'll call for a 60% chance for afternoon showers. Confidence: Medium

By Brian Jackson  | March 29, 2009; 11:30 AM ET
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Can anyone give chances of decent sun this afternoon?

Posted by: gdennie | March 29, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Looks like there are some breaks moving toward the area along with considerably warmer air (15 or so degrees higher than us) just to our south. Maybe in the next hour or two we'll start getting into some of that.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | March 29, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Ian, thanks for your reply.

Posted by: gdennie | March 29, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

It's finally mostly sunny here on the Blue Ridge after rain, drizzle and fog for a day and a half.

Rain total from Friday night through this morning= 1 and 3/8"

Posted by: spgass1 | March 29, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Storm Prediction Center has reintroduced a risk of severe weather this afternoon to part of the area.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | March 29, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

The temperature rose 20 degrees in just over 2 hours at DCA.. 72 now.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | March 29, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Ian what are the chances we will see no more rain today in the Silver Spring area

Posted by: snowlover | March 29, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Some dark clouds have passed over the Blue Ridge within the past hour. No rain or thunder observed.

Temp has dropped from over 70 to 57.7F at present.

I'm happy to have gotten a jog in earlier. Spring wildflowers are beginning to appear.

Posted by: spgass1 | March 29, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

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