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Posted at 5:10 PM ET, 07/17/2009

PM Update: A Few Showers Into Evening

By Ian Livingston

Storm threat minimal; Nice weekend ahead

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Behind the area of showers that moved through during mid-afternoon, we're left with just the chance of a few passing showers or an isolated thunderstorm into the evening. As we expected might be the case, the metro area avoided any severe weather, and the Severe Thunderstorm Watch that was in effect earlier today has expired. More sun and less humidity are on their way for the weekend.

Radar: Latest regional 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: The chance of a few passing showers or an isolated storm should diminish late this evening (after around 9 p.m.) as a low-pressure system moves northeast and a cold front pushes through. Some drier air will work in behind the system, so lows should fall to the low-and-mid 60s most spots, maybe only down to the upper 60s in D.C.

Tomorrow (Saturday): Expect a pretty great start to the weekend on Saturday as partly to mostly sunny skies lead to temperatures rising to the mid-80s. The humidity of recent days should be lessened a good bit as well and a westerly breeze will keep the air moving. Outside a possible isolated shower late in the day, it sure looks like a nice one!

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By Ian Livingston  | July 17, 2009; 5:10 PM ET
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After a month of rainless disappointments, this one tops it off.

Posted by: rocotten | July 17, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Is this the summer weather pattern now in DC? Com'n, one month of no rain is not healthy anywhere. I don't care how much rain it dumped back in Spring!

This is heart of summer and some precipitation is definitely needed. IAD averages 3 in. of rain in July for crying out loud. I mean, it's not going to be just a rainless July is it? Forecast sure looks VERY bad.

Posted by: LoudounGeek | July 17, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

If it didn't rain in dulles today it sure came close. Had a pretty good dose of rain in eastern loudoun today.

Posted by: amorris525 | July 17, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

It's pouring right now in Lake Ridge.

Posted by: meta2 | July 17, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

It would seem that the "rainy" part of an EL Nino weather pattern is lagging a bit. All the complaints about the rainy days after rainy days back in May in June are starting to become complains because of the lack of rain. Our grass is all but done for! Also starting to notice some yellow leaves showing up on some tress. Fact is, IT'S DRY.

Posted by: RWJ1990 | July 17, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Two brief power outages in a row in eastern loudoun due to storm.

Posted by: amorris525 | July 17, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

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