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

Forecast: One Fine Day

By Brian Jackson

Rain returns to begin the week

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Today: Mostly sunny, pleasant. 69-73. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy. 49-52. | Tomorrow: Overcast with rain showers. 60-64. | A Look Ahead


All good things must come to an end, but not before we get a fantastic day to close out the weekend. Make sure to get all you can out of our sunny and 70s Sunday afternoon (all alliteration aside). Moderate rainfall greets us to begin the work week and washes away our warmth. While we'll see a fair share of sun through the rest of the week, cool Canadian air and a stiff breeze mean that we'll experience early March weather for our first full week of April.

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Today (Sunday): We'll get all the warmth without the incessant wind today making your outdoor activities much more pleasant. The sun will dominate the sky for the majority of the day with a few clouds moving in towards the evening. Without the strong breeze, temperatures will climb a few degrees higher than yesterday and afternoon highs will top out right around 70, with a few spots (particularly to the south) in the low 70s. Winds will be from the west at 5-10 mph. Confidence: High

Tonight: Clouds will continue to build overhead as our next frontal system approaches. By alarm-clock time, a few showers could be splattering against the windows. Cloud-cover, combined with light winds from the south will keep temperatures from getting too cool overnight with lows in the lower 50s. Confidence: High

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

Tomorrow (Monday): It won't be the ideal way to start out a new week. A rather potent low pressure system drags a cold front through the region during the day giving us a good dose of rain. Our maximum temperatures will occur a little earlier than normal thanks to the frontal passage but we should still rise to the low 60s mostly due to winds from the south. Rainfall amounts should generally be around 0.5" with some locally heavier amounts. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: You'll notice a chill return to the air tomorrow night as a cooler air mass works in behind the front. Showers should be ending during the evening and clearing should be realized by morning. The wind machine will begin to crank up again and winds from west and northwest will increase to around 15 mph. Overnight lows will drop into the upper 30s in the suburbs and to the low 40s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High


Tuesday sees a return to temperatures well below average for the beginning of April. Partly sunny skies will do little to help warm the skin as afternoon highs struggle into the low 50s. Not helping matters much, winds will blow from the northwest at 15-25 mph. Bundle up overnight, temperatures may dip below freezing in some of the normally colder suburbs. Confidence: Medium-High

Wednesday brings no reprieve from the chilly air. Partly sunny skies continue but temperatures will fail to react with a cold pool of air overhead. Afternoon highs may not make it out of the 40s for some of us. In fact, those of you west of the Blue Ridge may be seeing some snow flurries! Winds will continue to torment those of you trying to read a paper at the metro station though should begin to slacken towards evening. Confidence: Medium-High

By Brian Jackson  | April 5, 2009; 5:00 AM ET
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Biggest weather threat this week is outside this area but could result in higher produce prices. There could be a hard freeze in Georgia, North Florida and nearby with the fruit and perhaps some vegetable crops in bloom or growing.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | April 5, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Current temp. in Burke: 65.5 with mostly sunny skies.

Today is a really nice day! I just took my dog on a walk!

Today is Palm Sunday!

Posted by: Yellowboy | April 5, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Current temp in Burke: 65.1 with mostly sunny skies.

The NWS puts part of the area under a slight risk for severe weather tomorrow:

Posted by: Yellowboy | April 5, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

The new hpc 3 day is showing possible accumulating snow near the I-81 corridor:

Posted by: spgass1 | April 5, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Only received 0.11" in Howard County. Guess most of the rain slammed the Delmarva.

Posted by: adurante | April 7, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

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