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Posted at 9:30 AM ET, 04/11/2009

Forecast: Showers Slowly End, Sun to Emerge

By Jason Samenow

* Ready for Severe Weather? | Grading our Winter Outlook *


Today: A.M. rain, then gradual clearing, breezy. Near 60. | Tonight: Mostly clear. 35-40. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. 55-59. | A Look Ahead


Good news: after some much needed Saturday morning rain, we dry out just in time for the bulk of the weekend. Keep your jackets handy though, as temperatures will be a little cooler than average and will be downright chilly tonight -- especially considering a gusty northerly breeze. The dry conditions hold until Tuesday, when the next frontal system brings another round of showers.

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 (Saturday): If you sleep in (really late) this morning, you may miss the rain showers, that should end from west to east between late morning and early afternoon. During the afternoon hours, sunshine will increase, with highs near 60. Gusty winds from the north will gradually increase, reaching 15-20 mph late in the afternoon. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Chilly winds from the north (at 10-15 mph) behind today's cold frontal passage will drop temperatures to around 40 downtown to the mid-30s in the colder suburbs. Wind chills will dip through the 30s late at night under mostly clear skies. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast into early next week...

Tomorrow (Sunday): Sunday is the pick of the weekend for outdoor plans though it will be cooler than average. After a brisk start (in the 30s in many spots), sunny skies will steer temperatures well into the 50s. But a steady breeze from the north at 10-15 mph will make a fleece or light jacket a wise choice. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: We'll have another chilly evening as winds diminish under clear skies. Lows will range from near freezing in the colder suburbs to the upper 30s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High


Monday will be similar to Sunday, with mostly sunny skies and highs near 60. Clouds slowly increase Monday night with a chance of showers late. Lows will be near 40. Confidence: Medium-High

On Tuesday, a warm front approaches, bringing a chance of showers into the region. Clouds may hold high temperatures in the 50s.Confidence: Medium

By Jason Samenow  | April 11, 2009; 9:30 AM ET
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I know we are a week away, but how is next Sat and Sun looking at this point?

Posted by: snowlover | April 11, 2009 5:14 AM | Report abuse

It looks like the rain could stick around for a couple more hours by looking at the radar...

Posted by: wecndo | April 11, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse


I may take until early afternoon to pull away from areas northeast of town.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | April 11, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Next weekend looks to be 180 degrees removed from the present. An approaching storm system vs a departing system. The best chance of rain appears to be on Sunday, but at this early stage, indications suggest another unsettled weekend. Temps. should be close to mid April norms.

.24 rain last 24 hrs. Radar indicates some beneficial rains on the northside of D.C. which should be very welcome considering that the NDMC now places the D.C. area in a moderate drought.

Temps. will be quite cold for mid April tonight. Some guidance suggests my area will drop into the 20's.

Early next week promises a better chance of more widespread sig. rainfall.

Posted by: AugustaJim | April 11, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Looking for an Easter-egg-hunt-cast. I'm in Gainesville, VA. Radar looks to me like we still have a couple of hours of rain pivoting through. But I'm happy to be corrected if you think we should be clear for a hunt before noon. Thanks!

Posted by: jmwolgin | April 11, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse


A close call for your Easter Egg hunt, but I think most of the rain will have pulled out of your area by noon (60% chance), and almost certainly by 1 p.m. (90% chance)

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | April 11, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Many thanks! Can't beat Capitalweather service (or prices).

Posted by: jmwolgin | April 11, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Seems like this rain is a bit stubborn - when do you expect it to clear out of the immediate DC metro area by?

Posted by: tengoalyrunr30 | April 11, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

@tengoalyrunr30 - I would say by 1:00, 2:00 at the latest

Posted by: snowlover | April 11, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Thanks! Was hoping to get outside sometime later today so that's really helpful.

Posted by: tengoalyrunr30 | April 11, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Cloudy weather and rain are still trying to drag on here in northern VA at nearly 3 PM. Biggest issue is the continued raw weather next week. We're getting mighty tired of these fifties and looking for an extended spell of sixties and higher.

Next week's rain looks to be heaviest in North Carolina. We should get lighter rain up here, but it has been more of the soaking type rather than sharp thundershowers, which means less damaging runoff. [In addition I only have dances on Monday nights until the 24th.]

Posted by: Bombo47jea | April 11, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Seems a bit early for this but a little patch of cloudiness just north of Puerto Rico/Hispaniola seems to be eliciting some comment on the Weather Underground blog. No investigative talk from NHC yet.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | April 11, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Showers hung around Fairfax City today until about 3:00. A pity they lasted so long - once they cleared out, it suddenly became a very beautiful afternoon. For a couple of hours, anyway!

Posted by: thepill | April 11, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

If a skeptic referred to one of the members of Capital Weather Gang as a "wingnut", would that be considered as violating the no name calling rule? What if one of the oh so civilized, tolerant, and humble pro-AGW commenter referred to Anthony Watt[s] as a "wingnut"? Would that be a violation of your no name calling rule?

Mr. Q.

Posted by: Mr_Q | April 11, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

@Mr. Q:

Yes. I just looked back at Andrew's latest post and saw that. I'll remove that comment.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | April 12, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

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