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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 03/31/2009

PM Update: Clouds Return for Another Stay

By Ian Livingston

Wednesday brings cooler, cloudier and rainier weather

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Clear skies, along with some high clouds floating by, helped create a pleasant early-spring day across the area. Highs are settling into the low-and-mid 60s this afternoon while a light and variable breeze continues. More in the way of clouds are currently moving toward us from the south and southwest -- they will overspread the area this evening.

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Tonight: Clouds and a southeast wind will help hold temperatures up compared to last night. We should bottom out in the low-to-mid 40s most places. Although a cold front will be advancing toward the area, we should stay dry overnight.

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Wednesday will feature clouds, cooler temperatures and some showers. The morning should be just cloudy. By lunchtime, showers should be nearing or into western areas. Showers will pass through the rest of the area during the afternoon. With plenty of clouds and showers around, look for highs only to range from 50 to 55 in most locations. As we enter the evening, most of the activity should be east of us, though some isolated showers may remain.

See Matt Rogers' full forecast through the weekend.

Southeast Deluge: Drought has been a concern for portions of the southeast U.S. for a few years now. Parts of the region are now turning thoughts to flooding as recent heavy rains have set the stage for problems should much more fall. Over the next 5 days, the Florida panhandle may see up to 10" of rain while other areas expect a more modest 2-5".

By Ian Livingston  | March 31, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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That big MCS forming in GA could be robbing us of some rainfall tomorrow. We may only get light to moderate showers as a result. Potential: 0.25" down from previous prognosis.

Other rain opportunities occur on Friday and next Monday. Both are dance nights for me but nothing big, just routine Chevy Chase Ballroom events. We should see a few sixties in the next week for a change.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 31, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Gotta drive up to Baltimore tomorrow morning at first light (ugh!) so I'm glad that the rain will hold back a bit.

Posted by: --sg | March 31, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

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