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Posted at 2:45 PM ET, 04/ 4/2009

Forecast: Winds Whip to Start Weekend

By Jason Samenow

Wind Advisory for N&W Suburbs through 8 p.m.

* A Windy NatCast and UnitedCast | Cherry Blossom Coverage *


Today: Windy. 60-65. | Tonight: Not as windy. 35-40. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Light winds. 65-70. | A Look Ahead


The weekend presents two sunny, dry days but tomorrow emerges as the far superior day if you desire tranquil outdoor activities. Very strong winds, gusting up to 50 mph today will blow around debris, generate noise and, unfortunately, strip off a lot of the cherry blossoms. Tomorrow, the winds will be lighter and it will be warmer, making for a more pleasant outdoor experience.

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Today (Saturday): As advertised, winds from the northwest will blow at 20-35 mph with gusts in the range of 40-50 mph at times. The sun should boost temperatures into the low 60s, but it won't feel that warm except during those welcome brief moments when the wind decides to relax. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: The winds will only gradually die down -- slackening to about 10-15 mph after midnight. Under clear skies, it will be a chilly night, with lows from the mid-30s in the colder suburbs to near 40 downtown. Confidence: Medium

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

Tomorrow (Sunday): The winds die down and the temperatures rise -- so it will feel considerably warmer compared to today. Full sunshine will help temperatures rise well into the 60s (a few 70-degree readings are possible south of town), with just a light breeze from the west at about 10 mph. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: Clouds increase as the next frontal system approaches. There's 30% chance of showers towards dawn, with lows 45-50. Confidence: Medium-High


Showers and thunderstorms are likely on Monday as a strong cold front punches through the region. Rainfall may be locally heavy. Highs should be in the mid-60s. Gradual clearing at night, and it will once again become quite windy, with lows near 40. Confidence: Medium-High

Both Tuesday and Wednesday will be variably cloudy, windy (slightly more windy Tuesday) and quite chilly. Highs both days will only be near 50 (more than 10 degrees below average), with overnight lows from 30-35. Confidence: Medium-High

By Jason Samenow  | April 4, 2009; 2:45 PM ET
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Too much wind for sailing today. VATechBob can't be getting any good fishing in, either.

Posted by: --sg | April 4, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Oh no...really? I have big Cherry Blossom Festival plans today. With a group. And we are having a picnic. Oh no.

Posted by: LaurainNWDC | April 4, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Cherry Blossom Parade looked spectacular on TV.

The big issue is this upcoming raw, wet and windy week with three dance events still on tap. As far as winds go, March is supposed to be over. I'd like to see more sixties and seventies and less of this raw wintry crud persisting into April. Snow season is past so it ought to be gone by now. Next week will be really nasty if all we get is forties and fifties.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | April 4, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

The 3 day HPC shows a chance of snow in WV/ east Tennessee/SW VA. Will be interesting to see the next runs.

Posted by: spgass1 | April 4, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

While I find it a little infuriating to be teased by our recent pattern - one or two nice days that get me all excited for Spring, followed by four days of cool, windy, wet crud that make me think it's still late February - I guess I can't complain too much. My friends in the Midwest are expecting snow soon!

Spring has to decide to stick around someday, right? Or is this one of those years where we go right from "too cool" to "96 degrees and humid" without anything comfortable in between? :)

Posted by: thepill | April 5, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

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