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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 04/ 8/2009

Forecast: Cool and Continued Breezy

By Dan Stillman

Temperatures slowly warm; chance of rain on Friday

* Will Misleads on Climate, Again | Later: Cherry Blossom Photos *

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly sunny. Quite Breezy. Low-to-mid 50s. | Tonight: Diminishing winds. Partly to mostly cloudy. Mid-30s to near 40. | Tomorrow: Becoming partly to mostly sunny. Somewhat breezy. Upper 50s to low 60s. | A Look Ahead

FORECAST IN DETAIL

April cold spells just aren't much fun for anyone. Especially after Sunday gave us a glimpse of just how good spring can be -- sunshine, highs in the low 70s and cherry blossoms barely past their peak. Now we're feeling the chill of gusty breezes continuing today and temperatures only a little warmer than yesterday. 60s are within reach tomorrow into the weekend, but 70 doesn't look to be in our immediate future.

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Today (Wednesday): Under partly sunny skies, we'll top out a few degrees higher than yesterday -- in the low-to-mid 50s. But winds gusting to near 30 mph from the west will keep things feeling rather chilly. Confidence: High

Tonight: Winds die down after sunset and temperatures start their decline. With partly to mostly cloudy skies, overnight lows should be near 40 downtown and in the mid-to-upper 30s in the suburbs. A late-night sprinkle or snow shower is possible, especially south of town. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Thursday): Any morning cloudiness (and maybe a sprinkle or flurry, especially to the south) should quickly give way to a partly to mostly sunny and somewhat breezy day (winds 10-15 mph) with highs in the upper 50s to low 60s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: A warmer night than the past few -- lows in the 40s and, toward morning, increasing clouds with a chance of light showers. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

We could see some showers around on Friday (50-60% chance), especially in the afternoon and into Friday night, as our next storm system moves in from the west. Daytime highs again head for the upper 50s to low 60s, followed by Friday night lows in the upper 40s to low 50s. Confidence: Low-Medium

Cloudy skies and a risk of showers may continue into Saturday morning. But by midday I think we'll see the rain threat end and the sun trying to break through. Temperature-wise it looks like a cool one -- highs in the 50s and a strong breeze from the northwest. Beezy and cold Saturday night with lows in the 30s. Confidence: Medium

Winds should lighten up on Sunday and we should see tons of sun. But we're still left with highs only in the 50s. Confidence: Medium

By Dan Stillman  | April 8, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
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Comments

Current Observations
Temp: 31.1F
Snowfall Accumulation: Trace
Location: 1900 ft elevation, east of Front Royal

Posted by: spgass1 | April 8, 2009 7:48 AM | Report abuse

We had a couple bursts of snow showers yesterday in Howard County. I've lived in the DC area my entire life and can't remember the last snow this late in the year. I'm sure western MD/VA get it time to time but does anyone know the if the immediate DC area (Mont, PG, Fairfax) has ever had snow (even flurries) later than April 7th?

Posted by: runningrat11 | April 8, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

@runningrat11

The latest measurable snow officially observed in DC occurred on April 28 in 1898

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | April 8, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

@runningrat11 (continued)

Forgot to mention 0.5" was observed.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | April 8, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

thanks!

Posted by: runningrat11 | April 8, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

It was two years ago yesterday we saw some accumulating snow on the cherry blossoms and even a few inches southeast of town. Bob Ryan mentioned and showed a few pics from that event last night.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | April 8, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Still no sign in the extended of temps anywhere near normal for this time of year.

We need a pattern change. Are we gonna see one anytime soon?

Posted by: ThinkSpring | April 8, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

@ThinkSpring

While we may see a day here and a day there with near-normal temps, I don't think we'll see the onset of any solid stretch of near- to above-normal temps until at least late next week.

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | April 8, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

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