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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 04/ 7/2009

Forecast: April Temps Revert to March Levels

By Matt Rogers

Bring out the heavier coats and jackets again

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Today: Mostly sunny, breezy. 49-53. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. 36-40.| Tomorrow: Still chilly. 50-54.| A Look Ahead


Another powerful push of Canadian cooling, responsible for record late-season snows in the Midwest and late-season sub-freezing temperatures in the Deep South, is sweeping into our area for a two-day stay. After lows in the 30s this morning, we should expect it again tonight with the outer suburbs likely to see the freezing mark return. The upcoming Easter weekend looks to start showery and end sunny with temperatures only slightly warmer (upper 50s to lower 60s).

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Today (Tuesday): Feel the Canadian chill today with gusty winds (15-20 mph, gusts to 30 mph) making the below-normal upper 40s to low 50s seem even colder. We should see the sun out and about in between scattered clouds. Confidence: High

Tonight: Intermittent clouds are still expected, but winds will begin to calm down and temperatures will drop down lower too. Look for lows down in the lower to middle 30s over most of the area with some upper 20s in the normally coldest suburbs. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Some mammatus clouds briefly appear near DuPont Circle yesterday. By CWG photographer Ian Livingston.

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Expect mostly sunny skies, but the Canadian air mass will be slow to warm with highs only in the low-to-mid 50s yet. More clouds may arrive just around the evening rush into sunset. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow Night: Clouds are back in town with lows dropping into the middle to upper 30s mainly. Confidence: Medium


Thursday is now seeing a chance of morning showers (sorry) as a weak disturbance moves through the area. Some areas north and west of the city could even see some wet snowflakes mixed in with the rain. The system will push out our cooler Canadian air mass though so high temperatures will make a run for around 60 with partly sunny skies by afternoon. Confidence: Low-Medium

Friday has more showers to offer as yet another cold front approaches the area. The prime time for more wet weather is in the afternoon and evening hours. Morning lows should be in the 40s. Highs could reach into the low-to-mid 60s. Confidence: Low

The Easter weekend is expected to start on the cool, wet, and cloudy side (what else is new, this spring?) with highs on Saturday potentially stalled in the 50s. However, Sunday is looking like a better bet for outdoor activities with temperatures taking the opportunity of increased sunshine to reach into the lower 60s. Confidence: Low

By Matt Rogers  | April 7, 2009; 5:00 AM ET
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This morning we were below 29F east of Front Royal with no precip. It sounds like we'll most likely stay dry during the coldest nights this week, although that lake effect snow machine is interesting to watch.

Posted by: spgass1 | April 7, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

I'm beyond "done" with this winter weather hanging around.

The opportunities to just sit outside and enjoy lunch have been few and far between this "spring".

Posted by: ThinkSpring | April 7, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

This weather blows, both figuratively and literally...

Posted by: steske | April 7, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Off and on snow showers in NW Montgomery. Temperature is 42.6

Posted by: MKadyman | April 7, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

The colder-than-normal weather is due mainly to greater snow cover on the great Plains and not to any break in global warming related to greenhouse gases. Snow cover always reflects IR to space and promotes global cooling.

There's still a good chance of rain Friday and another round of warm-air advection with possible rain early next week.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | April 7, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

We had a five minute snow shower here in Sterling with a temperature of 44.6. Very entertaining.

Posted by: Sterlingva | April 7, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Why is the confidence Low for Friday and Saturday? Any likelihood the showers will clear out by Saturday morning and not linger?

Posted by: adamsmorgan1 | April 7, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

snow showers in New Baltimore. Some really big flakes too!

Posted by: weathergrrl | April 7, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Snow showers in New Baltimore

Posted by: weathergrrl | April 7, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

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