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Posted at 5:30 PM ET, 06/ 5/2009

PM Update: Rain Departs in Time for Weekend

By Ian Livingston

Sun and warmth return Saturday and Sunday

* CWG Twitters Tornado Chasing | Rainy Days Bring Frustration *

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.

Radar: Latest D.C. area radar loop shows movement of precipitation over past two hours. Powered by HAMweather. Refresh page to update. Click here or on image to enlarge. Or see radar bigger on our Weather Wall.

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:'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.

By Ian Livingston  | June 5, 2009; 5:30 PM ET
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The region is still running well below the 2008 pace.

If those "since yesterday" totals are since midnight, it appears there may be some double-counting.

Posted by: CapitalClimate | June 5, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I have received .81" since midnite here in TP/SS area. That makes 3.05" for the month and 8.16" since Memorial Day and 26.3" for YTD.

Posted by: steske | June 5, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

1.66 since yesterday morning in NW Montgomery. Still raining.

Posted by: MKadyman | June 5, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

AH! Beautiful sunshine! and 66 degrees at 5:30, after receiving 1.27" rainfall during the past 48 hrs.

El Bombo, you should be here basking in the sun!!!

Posted by: AugustaJim | June 5, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

My bucket has 2 and 15/16" of rain, which includes the 1 and 3/8" received Wednesday evening. The rain has stopped, but clouds and fog persist.

Current temp: 55.2F (high today was 56.5F and morning low was 54.0F)

Posted by: spgass1 | June 5, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Amazing video on TWC from vortex 2!!!

Posted by: clintonportis17 | June 5, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

West Springfield storm total: 6pm Thursday to 9pm Friday= 1.11 inches.

We're on the dry side of everyone right now!

Posted by: bikerjohn | June 5, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

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