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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 05/18/2009

PM Update: Chilly with Some Frost Overnight

By Ian Livingston

Beautiful Tuesday as 70s return to the area

Frost Advisory for Fauquier, Frederick and Loudoun counties from 3 a.m. till 9 a.m. Tuesday

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If you did not glance at the calendar today, you may have thought it was early April based on the cool temperatures and brisk northerly breeze. The front that brought us the cool weather slowed down to our east just enough to leave some residual cloudiness across the area today. Temperatures that rose mostly into the low 60s will fall off quite nicely as we head through the evening and overnight. Fortunately, so will the winds.

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Tonight: Clear skies lead to a cold one (for mid-May) tonight. Lows should range from the mid-30s in the coldest suburbs to the mid-40s in D.C. -- a few record lows may be tested. Some patchy frost is possible in the coldest locations well north and west of D.C.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): Payback for the cool weather comes tomorrow in the form of a gorgeous day. After a chilly morning, temperatures will quickly rise -- more than 30 degrees in spots -- to highs mostly in the lower 70s. Just a few passing clouds will float by in an otherwise sunny sky. Winds will be light.

See Jason Samenow's full forecast through the rest of the week. And if you haven't already, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Another Rainy May: 5.28" of rain has fallen at National Airport this May, already well past the normal monthly total of 3.82". 11 days this month have recorded more than a trace of rain, and 6 have had more than .50". Compared to last year's record breaker that brought 10.66", this May might be considered dry! Other local stations are also running quite wet with 4.51" at Dulles and 4.49" at BWI. How's your backyard faring this month?

By Ian Livingston  | May 18, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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For the record, it's now been OVER A MONTH since my heat was turned off...and we're still getting these frost threats...though not here in Arlington County.
Tonight figures to be a RARE rainless dance night...the rain's back in the forecast for my busy Memorial Day weekend.

This spring's rain has been more noticeable than last May's ten inches, since it has been such a raw, cold spring. There also seems to have been a bit more wind.

In sum it might be nice to get some more summer-like temperatures. Maybe a bit drier as well. This could well be the second straight season I give a failing grade...hard to do after this winter's near-absence of snow.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | May 18, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

OK. First, it's Loudoun. Don't feel bad. I mispelled Manassas on my Facebook last night.

And speaking of..As much as I want to agree with you, Bombo, I can't. As irritating as the rain has been, I did a hike at Manassas Battlefield yesterday.

Not that I would know, but it was like an acid trip of green. I can't remember it being that lush. While I took fabulous photos, they don't do it justice.

I'm going out to cover my plants now..:)

Posted by: SPS1 | May 18, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

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