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Posted at 8:30 AM ET, 04/12/2009

Forecast: A Chill in the Wind

By Brian Jackson

* NatCast: Comfortably Coolish for Home Opener *


Today: Mostly sunny, breezy. 53-57 | Tonight: Clear and cold. 29-33. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, clouds late. 54-58. | A Look Ahead


Yesterday Jason said the upcoming weather was good news. It's a little chilly for my taste. Cooler than average temperatures look to stick with us through at least Wednesday. To make matters worse, an unwelcome (unless you're a kite fanatic) wind will enhance today's chill. And foul, wet weather is on the horizon as another potent low pressure system slides towards us on Tuesday and Wednesday. My advice: enjoy the sun while we have it today and tomorrow, and dress for mid-March, not mid-April.

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Today (Sunday): We'll see a lot more sun than yesterday. We'll start off to a chilly morning and the afternoon sun will only take a slight edge off the cold. Expect afternoon temperatures only in the mid-50s with gusty winds from the north at 10-20 mph. Confidence: High

Tonight: A very cold night is in store with this cool, dry airmass overhead. Many areas will experience a mid-spring freeze. Skies will be clear overnight and temperatures will drop accordingly. Overnight lows will range from the mid-20s in the cold spots to the low-to-mid 30s inside the beltway. Winds will be diminishing overnight, becoming calm towards morning. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through your mid-week...

Tomorrow (Monday): Sunny conditions continue, cheering you up on the way to work. On top of that, no more crazy winds! Still, temperatures will be slow to recover. High temps will only likely top out in the mid-to-upper 50s before clouds begin to move in during the late afternoon. Winds will be shifting to out of the south at 5-10 mph during the afternoon. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: Chances for rain will be on the increase throughout the night as another low pressure system approaches from the southwest. We'll see cloudy skies and a 40% chance that it's raining by the time you wake up (at a reasonable hour) on Tuesday morning. As far as overnight lows go, expect temperatures bottoming out in the lower 40s. Winds continue out of the south at around 5 mph. Confidence: Medium-High


Tuesday marks the first of several unsettled days for our area as the aforementioned low pressure system approaches and passes through the region. We'll see a fairly good chance for some moderate rain to fall throughout the day under gray skies. It will be a rather chilly rain too; with temperatures will be remaining in the low-to-mid 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

Wednesday stays wet. Showers should continue intermittently throughout the morning, and gradually diminish later in the day. By late in the day we could see a few breaks in the clouds. Temperatures will begin to rebound as well, nearing the upper 50s. Confidence: Medium

By Brian Jackson  | April 12, 2009; 8:30 AM ET
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After this week's cold rain, are we in store for warmer and dryer condition for the long range into May? I will guess the rain every other day and cooler conditions will have to retreat soon.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | April 12, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse


April is almost always a frustrating month. Think about it -- if average temps are in the 60s -- then you've got to have a good number of days in the 50s to balance out the warm days in the 70s. Consistently warm weather (70s and higher) doesn't get here until the second week of May typically.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | April 12, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Jason. Yes, April is frustrating. I am eagerly awaiting the sunny, warm weather of May!

Posted by: david_in_stafford | April 12, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Mid-March? Looks like we're in for another week of February in Vancouver! Since we haven't had any days in the 70's, that whole 50' & 70's average out to 60's thing isn't going to pan out.

Is this trend going to continue into June? If so, I'm going to start thinking about moving South.

Posted by: dynagirl | April 12, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Lotta rain coming Tues/Wed. Maybe around an inch or even more.

Well below average temps thru Wed....yuck.

Could we be seeing an extended warmup late week??? Hopefully????

Posted by: ThinkSpring | April 12, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

April is indeed the cruelest month. The data show, however, that this one has not been exceptional.

Posted by: CapitalClimate | April 12, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

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