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Posted at 3:00 PM ET, 10/18/2009

Forecast: A Sunday Stinker, Then Monday Sun

By Dan Stillman

Near-record cold again today

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Today: Mostly cloudy. A stray shower. Gusty breezes. Upper 40s to near 50. | Tonight: Clearing skies. 30s to near 40. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Upper 50s to near 60. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


Happy Sunday!... the weather still stinks. Unless you enjoy a damp chill with highs around 15 degrees below normal. Some folks well northwest of town even saw some early-morning snowflakes. Reagan National barely surpassed the lowest high on record for the day -- 51 in 1927 -- after setting new records in that category the past two days. Sunshine and warmer temperatures make their long-awaited return starting tomorrow.

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Today (Sunday): Not as rainy as yesterday -- just occasional morning showers and a stray afternoon shower under mostly cloudy skies. But winds around 15-20 mph with gusts near the 25-30 mph range will add an extra chill to highs mostly in the upper 40s to near 50. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Finally -- drumroll, please! -- we see clearing skies tonight and dminishing winds. Lows in the upper 30s to near 40 downtown, probably mid-30s in the closer-in suburbs, and sinking to near freezing further north and west of town (Frederick and western Loudoun counties). Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through midweek (hint: it gets better)....

Tomorrow (Monday): The average high for this week in October is in the mid-60s. So I wouldn't call tomorrow's highs in the upper 50s to near 60 "warm." But they'll sure feel good compared to the previous few days as mostly sunny skies accelerate the drying process. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Mostly clear with light winds and lows in the mid-30s (suburbs) to low 40s (downtown). Confidence: Medium-High


By Tuesday and Wednesday we'll be fully recovered from this weekend's miserable conditions. Outstanding October weather should feature mostly sunny skies and highs aiming for the upper 60s to low 70s. Confidence: Medium-High

By Dan Stillman  | October 18, 2009; 3:00 PM ET
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On EasternUSWx forums there were reports of snow around Damascus and Germantown in Montgomery County around 4 a.m.. Anyone else see flakes overnight?

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | October 18, 2009 8:09 AM | Report abuse

In Warren Co east of Front Royal, I saw some light snow this morning bringing the event total to 2" accumulation on the deck. Grassy areas had a bit less. Trees are weighted down by the snow on their leaves. Overnight low= 31.3F. Currently cloudy and 33.3F.

Pictures and Video here.

Posted by: spgass1 | October 18, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Greetings, CWG.

NWS is already calling for a 50% chance of rain Friday night-Saturday. Are we looking at yet another washed-out weekend?

Posted by: david_in_stafford | October 18, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Boy, the Much-needed Rain crowd REALLY OVERDID itself this week!

They probably killed off a lot of our crickets and other singing insects with all this raw Boring Forties crud!!! Plus this raw wind is the BIG REASON we never get a good leaf-color show down here. It just blows down all the leaves green! If there was any wet snow to the west, it probably wrecked the Skyline Drive color display as well.

Down here on the Potomac, near-freezing weather THIS EARLY in October is NEVER good.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | October 18, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

51 @2pm; the lo-max record fails to fall.

Posted by: CapitalClimate | October 18, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

West Springfield storm total - Wed - Sunday = 2.71" Aaalright!

Posted by: bikerjohn | October 18, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

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