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Posted at 3:30 PM ET, 04/ 2/2009

PM Update: Clouds Refuse to Budge; Rain Coming

By Ian Livingston

Showers, some thunderstorms and gusty winds on Friday

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Anyone (myself included) hoping for sun today has been disappointed by the continuation of clouds, areas of fog and some drizzle. Need to blame something? Look to the ocean and its cool air mass blowing in on a northeast wind. And that same air mass has helped hold temperatures in the 50s today once again. Clouds will persist through sunset along with some areas of mist or light 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.

Tonight: Light showers, a little fog and areas of mist are possible early before more concentrated batches of showers arrive around or after midnight. A continued flow off the ocean will keep temperatures from doing much. Lows should drop to between 50 and 55 most places.

Tomorrow (Friday): Periods of showers appear likely throughout much of Friday as a strong storm system passes to our west. Despite showers and clouds, we should get up into the low-or-mid 60s thanks to a south wind. When the associated cold front moves through in the afternoon or evening, some thunderstorms with gusty winds and hail will be possible. Behind the front, winds will pick up from the west, gusting to 35 mph or higher into early Saturday.

See Matt Rogers' forecast through the nice weekend and into early next week.

Drought Update: Despite some much-needed rain over the last week, today's status update keeps the area under moderate drought conditions. Rain that falls tonight and tomorrow will help a bit, but we still will need several more inches of surplus rains to breathe easier as we head toward summer.

By Ian Livingston  | April 2, 2009; 3:30 PM ET
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NWS doesn't seem to give us very high chances for thunder tomorrow...they don't have the local metro area solidly into the warm sector. I'm not sure I agree. The circulation with this low is pretty strong, and the cool surface marine layer stabilizing things can only hold on so long with a system like this. There will be a powerful jet aloft, and potential wind shear. While I agree that the chances for thunder here are not as strong as south of us, it could still get interesting when that cold front approaches.

Accuweather also has this area, once the low passes, set up for maybe 50+ MPH surface wind gusts from the NW, as opposed to the 35 MPH or so gusts NWS is going with. In other words, they show a substantially deeper low and pressure gradient.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | April 2, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Possibly 0.50-0.75 inch rain tomorrow.

Big issue is more raw cold air next week. We should be seeing warmer temperatures by now.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | April 2, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

This first slug of showers looks pretty healthy and arriving right on schedule.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | April 2, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Back to normal at last..

Posted by: eheadwest | April 2, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

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