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Posted at 11:50 PM ET, 05/28/2009

PM Update: T-Storms Dump Heavy Rain

By Capital Weather Gang

More storms Friday? Better weather for weekend

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Showers and storms, occasionally with heavy rain, last into the evening after having messed with the commute home. Temperatures that reached highs near 80 this afternoon dropped to near 70 once rain arrived, but won't drop much lower tonight. While we can't shake the chance of showers and storms tomorrow, the weekend is looking much improved.

Through Tonight: Numerous showers and thunderstorms continue into the evening. Some storms will contain downpours and possibly gusty winds. Maybe some hail, too. Many areas could see a quarter to half-inch of rain, with the potential for locally heavier amounts (near or above 1"). With the ground being saturated, look out for flash flooding in areas that receive heavy rain.

Showers and storms should dissipate after midnight, giving way to areas of fog and just a chance of some isolated showers through morning with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s.

Tomorrow (Friday): As a cold front moves through, skies go partly sunny and a breeze out of the west gradually decreases our humidity. Just an isolated shower through the morning hours, but then a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms for the afternoon into early evening (less than 50/50 chance west of I-95, better than 50/50 chance east of I-95). Highs near 80 or into the low 80s.

See Josh Larson's full forecast into early next week.

On Your Mark, Get Set... for Hurricane Season: The first tropical depression of the 2009 hurricane season -- which officially starts June 1 (Monday) -- formed well off the mid-Atlantic coast today. The National Hurricane Center says the storm could strengthen into a tropical storm "over the next day or so" (if so, it would be called Ana, the first name on this year's list), but predicts that it will move to the northeast and not threaten any land areas.

By Capital Weather Gang  | May 28, 2009; 11:50 PM ET
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Very heavy rain and thunderstorm in Stafford at the moment.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | May 28, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Heavy rain and a long roll of thunder just now in Ashburn.

Posted by: natsncats | May 28, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Downpours are very localized; Dulles got almost an inch in about half an hour, while National has bupkis so far.

Posted by: CapitalClimate | May 28, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Not sayin' it's intentionally ambiguous, but
"Storm chances stay around Friday; Better for weekend"
could be interpreted more than one way. . .

Posted by: CapitalClimate | May 28, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Cats and Dogs in Gaithersburg.

Posted by: zen99 | May 28, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Massive blob of heavy stuff went just west of me here in Columbia, heard some thunder but only light/moderate rain outside for a little bit.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | May 28, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

I miss Steve S.

Posted by: SnowMonsterDC | May 28, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Another 1.60 in NW Montgomery. About 5.60 inches since Monday afternoon.

Posted by: MKadyman | May 28, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

CapitalClimate -- I agree, potential for misinterpretation there. New subhead should do the trick.

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | May 28, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

It looks like we have a large batch of rain/t-storms heading towards us. Battle stations, everyone!

Posted by: KBurchfiel | May 28, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

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