Forecast: First the Chill, Then the Chilly Rain
Much cooler today; colder with rain likely tomorrow
Today: Mostly cloudy. Chance of an isolated p.m. shower. Mid-50s. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Increasing chance of showers. 40s. | Tomorrow: Periods of rain. Increasing winds. 40s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail
FORECAST IN DETAIL
Say buh-bye to the 60s and 70s, at least for a while. Temperatures are on their way down -- and fast. From highs in the low 70s yesterday, to only the 50s today and possibly the 40s tomorrow. Depending on the track of a coastal storm we could very well be in for a raw and rainy Thursday, and cool temperatures and rain chances could linger right on into the weekend. Wondering how we can go from the 80s this past Friday to this?... Well, it's called October.
Today (Wednesday): Early-morning temperatures in the 40s to near 50 won't be all that cold for mid-October. Problem is, mostly cloudy skies and a light breeze from the northeast should keep highs to the mid-50s, a good 10-15 degrees or so below normal. Can't rule out an isolated shower during the afternoon or toward evening. Confidence: Medium-High
Tonight: We'll stay mostly cloudy with the chance of an isolated shower or two during the evening. Later, mainly after midnight, the chance of isolated to scattered showers increases, especially from the District toward points south and west, as a coastal storm gets organized. Lows mostly in the 40s. Confidence: Medium
Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend....
Tomorrow (Thursday): A storm system riding up the coast from the south is likely to bring overcast skies and periods of chilly rain -- highs may not escape the 40s (um, yeah, same as Wednesday night's lows) -- along with afternoon winds around 10-20 mph. Some uncertainty remains in the storm's exact timing and track, and thus the onset, frequency and intensity of the rain. The Eastern Shore could get battered with the heaviest rain and strongest winds. Confidence: Low-Medium
Tomorrow Night: The storm starts to pull away to the east, but probably slow enough to keep periods of rain going with temperatures mostly steady in the 40s, some upper 30s in the burbs. Confidence: Low-Medium
The main storm moves well out to sea on Friday, but another system lagging behind it means continued cloudy skies and a decent chance (around 60%) of occasional showers with highs in the 40s to near 50. Confidence: Low-Medium
The trailing system could develop into a mini-coastal storm, which would mean more rain on Friday night. Lows in the upper 30s to low 40s. Sounds cold, but believe it or not that would only be a few degrees below normal for this week in October. Confidence: Low
Any remaining rain should exit to the northeast during the day Saturday, so the best bet for dry conditions would be in the afternoon and evening. But a consistent breeze from the north/northwest and a fair amount of clouds keep things cool with highs in the upper 40s to mid-50s. Confidence: Medium
Yet another coastal system could threaten more rain for Sunday if it doesn't track too far off the coast. But that's four days and three storm systems away. Needless to say, forecast confidence is not high. Highs again in the upper 40s to mid-50s. Confidence: Low
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