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Posted at 5:25 PM ET, 05/ 6/2009

PM Update: More Rain and Some Storms Tonight

By Ian Livingston

Back into the 70s Thursday, more showers possible

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The sun made some rare appearances through the clouds today. Sadly for clear-sky fans, clouds are going to win out again and more rain threatens for the evening and overnight. Temperatures that rose into the mid-and-upper 60s will only slowly settle back this evening as south winds bring in more moist air. The good news is, the chilly temperatures of the past few days are behind us.

Tonight: By mid-to-late evening (6-8 p.m.), we could see some showers and thunderstorms around the area. The risk of showers and storms continues through much of the night, though coverage and intensity is uncertain. There is a slight threat of severe weather, but the more significant threat is well south of the metro area where a Tornado Watch is in effect.

Lows fall to right around 60 and some drizzle or fog is possible toward dawn. Spots that see more consistent showers should receive .25-.50" and maybe more where storms form.

Tomorrow (Thursday): Thursday brings some more rain chances along with a bit of sun and warmer temperatures. The highest odds of rain come in the morning as overnight activity departs, and then again late in the day as some showers or storms pop up. We should be solidly in the warm air with more sun than recently, so temperatures will have little trouble rising to the middle (and even upper) 70s for highs.

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By Ian Livingston  | May 6, 2009; 5:25 PM ET
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I did see some sun today on the Blue Ridge. Then the fog rolled back in and it's raining again.

Current temp: 54.7F

Posted by: spgass1 | May 6, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Is it my imagination or does the small slice of lower Montgomery Cty right across from the NW DC border, zip 20816, misses out on the stormy weather, snow and rain? Always seems that a clearing opens up just as it approaches this particular area. Is it because of the Potomac River?

Posted by: smssms | May 6, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Pouring in NW DC.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | May 6, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Ian, it is pouring in Stafford with lightning and thunder.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | May 6, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

I forgot to add very gusty winds as well in addition to my previous post. What a week of bad weather we've had!

Posted by: david_in_stafford | May 6, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Got a monsoon with sound and light show in Lake Ridge.

Posted by: meta2 | May 6, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

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