PM Update: Rain Departs in Time for Weekend
Sun and warmth return Saturday and Sunday
The steady rain will finally lose its grip during the late afternoon, but scattered showers will likely continue for much of the area through the evening commute. Rainfall totals (through 5:30 p.m.) since yesterday morning include 1.07" at National, 1.33" at Dulles and 1.26" at BWI -- a little less than expected, and not quite enough to cause significant flooding problems. Temperatures that rose to highs in the low 60s will only slowly fall through the night.
Through Tonight: Scattered light to occasionally moderate showers continue through around 6-8 p.m., ending from west to east (locations east of D.C. may see showers persist a bit later). Additional rainfall totals should be less than .25" in most spots. Some drizzle and fog are possible overnight but skies should begin to clear a bit by sunrise. Lows in the mid-and-upper 50s.
Tomorrow (Saturday): Though we may still have a few clouds around in the morning, Saturday looks pretty awesome weather-wise. Look for clearing skies as the day progresses as highs rise to the upper 70s and near 80. After another week of lots of rain I think we deserve this!
See Camden Walker's full forecast through the beginning of next week.
FAA and Weather Service: Washingtonpost.com's Federal Eye reported yesterday that The National Weather Service has delivered recommendations regarding changes to how FAA uses government meteorologists. The main suggestion? Cut National Weather Service Units (CWSUs) from 20 down to 2. The argument is that new communications technology makes the need for so many centers less necessary, but impacted forecasters are apparently not too happy. Read the full story.
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