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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 04/15/2009

Forecast: One More Day of Raw; Then a Thaw

By Josh Larson

* NatCast: Dismal | Thirst Quenching Low | Later: Spring Happenings *


Today: Drizzle and light rain. Near 50. | Tonight: Scattered showers. Near 40. | Tomorrow: Becoming sunny & much milder! Mid-60s. | Tomorrow Night: Clear & chilly. Upper 30s. | A Look Ahead


If you can put up with one more day of dreary and raw weather, you'll be rewarded with a near-180 weatherwise for tomorrow into the weekend, with temperatures soaring to above normal levels -- mid 70s! -- with sunshine just as prevalent as clouds have been the past few days. In fact, after today, it appears we'll stay dry all the way through to late Sunday or Monday. Get out and enjoy!

Radar: Latest regional 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 (Wednesday): Sorry, sun lovers, today looks like a near-repeat of yesterday, with thick overcast skies and lots of drizzle. Some steadier rain may develop in the afternoon (50% chance). Highs will once again struggle to reach the 50 degree mark, with winds from the north at 10-15 mph making it feel even more raw. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Some scattered showers -- mostly of the light variety -- will spill into the evening and overnight hours with continued low cloud cover. Overnight lows drop to near 40 in most areas. Storm rainfall totals (since Monday night) will probably end up around 1" - with 0.25-0.5" falling today. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend.

Tomorrow (Thursday): What a difference a day makes! Strong high pressure building over the region will produce increasing sunshine and foster much milder temperatures in low- to perhaps even mid-60s for afternoon highs. Umbrella weather, this is not. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: Clear skies and light winds will allow temperatures to drop into the upper 30s overnight (mid-30s in the suburbs), so a jacket is most likely warranted if you're outside. Confidence: High


A word of warning: your desire to play hooky from work or school on Friday may be abnormally high. That's because we're likely to see massive amounts of sunshine (to the point where you may have to struggle to spot so much as a single cloud) with temperatures soaring into the low 70s during the afternoon hours. The night will feature clear skies with lows dropping into the mid-to-upper 40s. Confidence: High

Another very mild day is on tap for Saturday, though clouds, especially during the afternoon hours, may rapidly filter into the area courtesy of a "backdoor" cold front dropping south from New England. Even still, high temperatures will probably rise into the low-to-mid 70s; overnight lows -- quite possibly propped up by cloud cover -- in the low 50s. Confidence: Medium

The outlook for Sunday is for a blend of clouds and sun with somewhat cooler afternoon highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. There are some indications that showers may try to develop by the evening or overnight hours but this is far from a sure bet. Overnight lows, nonetheless, probably drop to the upper 40s to low 50s. Confidence: Low-Medium

By Josh Larson  | April 15, 2009; 5:00 AM ET
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Just want to let you know your Today "Thursday" should say Today "Wednesday"

Just FYI

Posted by: snowlover | April 15, 2009 7:16 AM | Report abuse

Storm rainfall totals?? Sterling has received very little rainfall; certainly less than 0.1".

Posted by: Sterlingva | April 15, 2009 7:45 AM | Report abuse

let it rain, let it rain, let it rain TODAY, and then let it be nice through the weekend.

Posted by: jimfergusonj | April 15, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Sometimes these cutoff lows do funny things...the two inches of rain I was expecting is all of about .10 out in SE Loudoun.

Posted by: DullesARC | April 15, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

There's definitely been a pretty sharp cutoff west of I95 for the most part with this system. The "second half" has largely underperformed thus far compared to model estimates. These situations are more tricky than some systems. Nice batch of rain trying to move into D.C. from the northeast now though.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | April 15, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Most weathercasts last night were forecasting heavier and steadier rain this afternoon [when I have my weekly Harris Teeter errand]. It seems to agree with this big area of rain trying to move in from the NE.

Major concern here is that the raw weather could drag on into tomorrow and later.

I'm beginning to wonder if Augusta Jim is living in a "rain shadow" area. We in Baileys Crossroads have certainly gotten a soaking from this system. [Why we can't get such a two-day system during the met winter snow season beats me!]

Posted by: Bombo47jea | April 15, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

this may be way off, but it sounds like some sort of frozen precip boucing off my window in crystal city...

Posted by: rhingo | April 15, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Yeah bro--it's like 50F out now so I doubt you've got sleet, but who knows. Anyone who feels they didn't get enough rain should check out the radar though; there's a ton of rain moving "backwards" off the Atlantic.

Posted by: fleeciewool | April 15, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

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