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Posted at 9:45 AM ET, 04/ 3/2009

Forecast: Showery Friday, Then Blossoms Blow

By Camden Walker

Thunderstorm possible today; some weekend sun

* Geoengineering and Global Warming | Cherry Blossom Coverage *


Today: Showers ending by late afternoon. T-storm? Increasing wind. 60s. | Tonight: Winds begin. Becoming mostly clear. Mid-40s. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Strong winds continue. Low-to-mid 60s. | Sunday: Partly sunny. Upper 60s. | A Look Ahead


The center of a strong storm system passes to our northwest today, but close enough to give us periods of showers, maybe even a thunderstorm. Our story then turns windy tonight through tomorrow. So watch out for blowing blossoms on your Saturday trip to the Tidal Basin. But enjoy the weekend sun and seasonable temperatures.

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.

Today (Friday): The umbrella is a must this morning. Periods of showers cap off our work week. Maybe even a thunderstorm? Thanks to an increasing wind from the southeast and south, we'll have moist and somewhat warm air pumped into the region -- enough so to get afternoon highs into the 60s despite mostly cloudy skies. Showers should be finished by late afternoon. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Evening temperatures drop into the 50s as winds really get going and skies begin to clear. Winds could gust as high as near 35-40 mph this evening and overnight. Overnight, becoming mostly clear with lows fairly uniform across the area, in the mid-40s. Confidence: High

Will the sun come out to play this weekend? Keep reading...

Tomorrow (Saturday): Sunshine will prevail -- but so will the wind. After a cool and windy morning, expect seemingly pleasant afternoon highs in the low-to-mid 60s; however, winds gusting to near 35 mph at times will keep things feeling cool. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Clear and still breezy during the evening, then winds diminish overnight. Low temperatures in the low 40s should once again be farily consistent throughout the region. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday: Skies start partly sunny. Expect highs a tad warmer -- in the upper 60s -- and light winds. The afternoon will be the warmest-feeling part of the weekend -- get outside and throw that ball around! Clouds could make a comeback late in the day with a chance of showers returning Sunday evening. Confidence: Medium-High


The next storm system brings a pretty good chance of showers back to the region Sunday night. At least any rain will have waited until the tail end of the weekend. Lows around 50. Confidence: Medium

Showers could stay around on Monday, especially during the first half of the day. Looks like highs in the upper 50s to low 60s, and becoming windy late in the day and Monday night. Confidence: Low-Medium

Tuesday brings a March-like chill with highs only in the upper 40s to mid-50s and winds probably gusting to at least 30 mph. Ooof! Confidence: Medium

By Camden Walker  | April 3, 2009; 9:45 AM ET
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All this wind will knock the cherry blossoms off the trees.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | April 3, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Pretty nasty thunder and lightning right now in Lake Ridge, with heavy rain.

Posted by: meta2 | April 3, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

rain coming down in capitol hill..

Posted by: madisondc | April 3, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Hearing thunder now in NW DC.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | April 3, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Nasty thunder in North Arlington... Nice little cell moving through. Welcome spring!

Posted by: JJones-CapitalWeatherGang | April 3, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

T-storm in rockville. Wooohoo!

Posted by: Havoc737 | April 3, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

If there is anything universal about cherry blossoms, its the day they come down, in a spring blizzard of pink. They are a symble of the shortness of life

Posted by: pvogel88 | April 3, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Some clearing here now after some (unexpected) downpours this morning. I have recorded 1.02" so far today.

Posted by: steske | April 3, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Partly sunny now east of Front Royal.

Posted by: spgass1 | April 3, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Now clearing after thunderstorm just before 9 AM and further downpours around 10:15. We also had a brief round of showers in the past hour. I'm wondering about possible instability later in the afternoon.

Barometer has been very low, around 29.4. It's now 29.30 and still falling.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | April 3, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Interesting. Here in the Vienna/Oakton area, we had a good thundershower this morning, around 9 or so, with the warm front (no wind or hail), and just a line of moderate showers later with the cold front (the cold front is now through). Usually the cold front is more likely to have the stronger convection.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | April 3, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Tomorrow's UnitedCast ought to be looking pleasant!

Posted by: NattyBo1985 | April 3, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

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