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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 03/26/2009

PM Update: More Much-Needed Rain

By Ian Livingston

Brief break in unsettled pattern Friday; Wet weekend

* Moderate Drought for Metro Area | What Wx Features Interest You? *

Morning showers dropped around a tenth of an inch of rain across the area, and more significant rain has arrived this afternoon. Thanks to persistent clouds and periods of precipitation, temperatures have only risen to between 45 and 50 in most places. Additional rainfall of 0.25-0.50" is possible with this batch, making this one of the wetter days we have seen in some time.

Radar: Latest regional 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: The most consistent rain should wind down by 8-10 p.m., but clouds stick around, and some isolated showers may persist past midnight. Lows should near 40 in the colder suburbs while sticking around the mid-40s in urban centers. Some fog is possible by morning.

Tomorrow (Friday): We will see a break in the rainy action on Friday, and even some breaks in the clouds. Overall, it will be fairly pleasant compared to the past few days as highs reach the low-to-mid 60s. With more clouds and showers on tap this weekend, you may want to escape work for a bit if possible!

See Jason Samenow's full forecast through early next week.

A puddle this morning in Dupont Circle. By CWG photographer Ian Livingston.

Twitter Contest: Last night on Twitter, we asked how much rain would fall between midnight and noon today at National airport. The results are in... 0.12" of rain fell during that period. The winner? sbrodfue (Scott) from Arlington, Va. His guess of .17" was closest, besting CWG's Jamie Jones' guess of .23". Thanks to all who entered, and look for other polls/contests here on the blog and from us on Twitter, @capitalweather.

By Ian Livingston  | March 26, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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CWG, any chance of a few dry hours Saturday morning? NWS is calling for rain to return Friday night, but I'd like to get a run in if that's possible.


Posted by: david_in_stafford | March 26, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse


I wouldn't call it a high-confidence forecast at this point, but yes I'd say there's a decent chance Saturday morning could be mostly dry before more rain for later in the day, much as Jason predicts if you follow the full forecast link in the post above.

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | March 26, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Many thanks, Dan.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | March 26, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

my sister in Boulder Co is having a blizzard today 12 inches and counting!

Posted by: pvogel88 | March 26, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Our prayers are with every one affected by the recent severe weather outbreak.
On this day in weather history.

Posted by: eheadwest | March 26, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

How about some warmer weather...I'm getting pretty fed up with this "much-needed" CRUD...on a big dance weekend! At least I got through the library errand without melting away...

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 26, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Bombo, I am with you. I am a big fan of sunny, warm weather. I am ready for it!!

Posted by: david_in_stafford | March 26, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Pea soup here in Rockville right now.

Posted by: Havoc737 | March 27, 2009 5:00 AM | Report abuse

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