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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 03/16/2009

PM Update: More Light Rain Before Sun Returns

By Ian Livingston

Clouds to break by Tuesday afternoon; Warm Wednesday

* Heartland Institute Criticizes CWG's Climate Post | 1993 Superstorm *

Cloud fans remain happy as the sun stayed away for another day, but that's all about to come to en end, even if only temporarily. With a continued flow off the ocean, temperatures struggled to near 50 for highs in most spots. That's a step up from the past two days if only a small one. Also like the weekend, we find ourselves on the northern fringe of storminess off to our south. Rain showers now entering the area should become more widespread by 6-8 p.m.

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.

Tonight: Light rain persists through the evening and till around or just after midnight in many places. Most of the rain will be light, but some embedded heavier showers are possible. The positive side of clouds, moisture and east winds this time of year is that nighttime lows are fairly uniform and easier to forecast. Look for lows in the upper 30s to near 40.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): Clouds and some fog/drizzle greet us when we wake up, with maybe a shower still over far eastern portions of the area. But by early afternoon, we should see something we haven't seen much of lately -- the sun. Temperatures are a little tricky depending on the timing of sunshine. It appears highs should get into the low-to-mid 50s, and maybe a bit higher if sun breaks out earlier in the day.

See Jason Samenow's full forecast through the weekend.

Hurricane Season 2009: Effective May 15, the National Hurricane Center will implement some important changes. Among them: Surge probability products will become operational after previously being experimental; the Special Tropical Disturbance Statement is being replaced by a Special Tropical Weather Outlook; modifications to the forecast cone product; and more! Check 'em all out here (Word) or here (PDF).

By Ian Livingston  | March 16, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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Comments

Thanks for posting the NHC forecast product changes for this season! I'm ready to start biting my fingernails any time now.

Posted by: --sg | March 16, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Last night's weather was near balmy, tonight it's raining, but all in all, the weather is decent. The rain made for an interesting walk, but I wasn't miserable or cold by any means. The sounds of frogs could be heard, spring is here.

Posted by: Havoc737 | March 16, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

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