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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 03/19/2009

Forecast: Showery Today; Dry Weather Thereafter

By Josh Larson

Cooler today and Friday; moderating by weekend

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Today: Cloudy & showery. Mid-to-upper 50s. | Tonight: Evening showers? Mid-30s. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny & cooler. Upper 40s. | Tomorrow Night: Clear and chilly. Near 30. | A Look Ahead


A cold front scooting through the area today will foster overcast skies and occasional showers. Unfortunately for our increasingly dry region, which has seen less than a quarter the normal amount of precipitation so far this month, no more than a couple tenths of an inch of rain is expected today. High pressure building in on Friday, coupled with cold air coming in from the north, will hold temperatures only in the chilly 40s. Temperatures moderate nicely over the weekend, however, with dry weather expected through at least Monday.

Radar: Latest D.C. area radar loop shows movement of precipitation over past two hours. Powered by HAMweather. Refresh page to update. Click here to see radar bigger. Or see radar bigger on our Weather Wall.

Today (Thursday): Much like yesterday morning, you'll wake up to cloudy skies today; however, unlike yesterday, they'll last the entire day and be accompanied by periodic showers, never heavy in nature, but probably most widespread from mid-morning through mid-afternoon. High temperatures will reach the mid, to perhaps upper, 50s across the region. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Some scattered showers or sprinkles may linger into the evening hours tonight, but I think they'll largely be out of the area by around midnight. We'll see some clearing towards dawn, with overnight lows dropping to the mid-30s in most spots. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the improving forecast through early next week...

Tomorrow (Friday): As Dan aptly suggested yesterday, conditions on Friday will unfortunately appear to be more pleasant from the inside looking out than they'll actually feel outside. That is, despite partly to mostly sunny skies, temperatures will struggle to break out of the upper 40s, with a wind from the north at 10-15 mph making it feel even chillier. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: Clear skies will allow temperatures to drop to levels nearly 10 degrees below normal for this time of the year. That means as you head out during the evening hours expect temperatures to fall from the low 40s to the upper 30s, with overnight lows eventually dropping to near or below freezing area-wide: upper 20s in cooler spots to the low 30s downtown. Confidence: High


With dry weather, abundant sunshine, and temperatures moderating back to near- (Saturday) to above-normal levels (Sunday), the weekend looks quite pleasant overall -- a vast improvement over last weekend's dreary conditions, I'd say.

If you're making weekend plans, I can tell you that Saturday will feature brilliant blue skies (nary a cloud in sight) with temperatures continued a bit on the chilly side: low 50s should about do it for afternoon highs. Clear skies will allow for more rather brisk conditions Saturday night -- a medium-weight jacket advised -- with temperatures eventually dropping to 30-35. Confidence: Medium-High

A somewhat milder push of air on Sunday will bring temperatures back to slightly above normal levels once again along with a continued plethora of sunshine. I think afternoon highs will make a run for the 60 degree mark across most of the area; we may even see some low 60s in spots, especially to the south. Clear and not quite as chilly Sunday night with overnight lows ranging from the upper 30s across the cooler suburbs to the low 40s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

The forecast for Monday looks quite nice, too, with continued mostly sunny skies and afternoon high temperatures again near 60 in most places. Overnight lows will be in the 40s. Confidence: Medium

By Josh Larson  | March 19, 2009; 5:00 AM ET
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Man I picked the wrong day to do some geocaching. Should have done it yesterday.
I do have to say however, a little late night visit to Lake Frank here in Rockville was very nice. Nice temptress, partly cloudy skies, perfect star gazing weather. The fish were jumping quite a bit while I was there too, going to have to start thinking about getting that fishing gear ready.

Posted by: Havoc737 | March 19, 2009 5:42 AM | Report abuse

Tempatures, not temptress. Spellcheck fail. Also, I'm not awake yet. Forgive me.

Posted by: Havoc737 | March 19, 2009 5:43 AM | Report abuse

But temptress is a very cool word for the morning..."temptress temperatures" for those wishing for more spring.

Posted by: manassasmissy | March 19, 2009 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Rain is light and apparently falling from ca. 8,000 ft. This is now predicted to be 0.10" or less and thereafter it will be dry until next Wed. or so. My guess is that the next heavy rain might be Friday the 27th; I have a dance at the Elks Lodge that evening!

The only frontal passage after today will be a dry backdoor cold front Sunday night.

Channel 9's weather this noon was cut back due to the impending NCAA basketball tournament. The Maryland and AU games of local interest are later today.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 19, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

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