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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 03/18/2009

PM Update: Warmth Wanes Tomorrow

By Ian Livingston

Showery Thursday ahead of cold front moving through

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Clouds and fog, the story of the last week, finally gave up control today around noon. The story of today? Sunshine and warmth. Temperatures have soared from midday readings near 50 to highs in the mid-and-upper 60s this afternoon. Unfortunately for clear-sky fans, clouds return overnight. Fortunately, they don't look to stick around as long this time as last.

Clouds and fog burn off between 9 a.m. and noon today. Satellite Imagery courtesy NASA.

Tonight: We'll start the evening mostly clear before clouds increase again overnight as a cold front approaches the area. Morning lows should hit the upper 40s to near 50. By morning, some isolated showers are possible.

Tomorrow (Thursday): The approaching cold front will pass through the area during the day Thursday. Showers will be possible throughout the day, likely tapering off by evening. As with many fronts coming over the mountains, moisture should be rather limited, so rainfall totals will not be too impressive. Highs that reach the upper 50s will fall back behind the front on a northwest wind gusting to around 15-20 mph.

See Dan Stillman's full forecast through the weekend.

Flood Awareness: Flooding is the biggest killer when it comes to weather, and it is one threat that can affect most places in the country. Though it's been too dry for much worry here lately, Flood Awareness Week (ongoing) is NOAA's opportunity to highlight the multiple dangers. Heading into severe weather season it will be worth knowing what to do should flooding threaten. As we've mentioned here before, one of the most important is "Turn Around, Don't Drown" (TADD). Watch a short video about TADD and flood safety tips.

By Ian Livingston  | March 18, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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