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Posted at 8:45 AM ET, 10/16/2009

Forecast: Cold & Rain Book a Weekend Stay

By Camden Walker

40s with periods of rain through Sunday

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Today: Overcast with drizzle. Periods of rain. 40s. | Tonight: Rainy & chilly. Around 40. | Tomorrow: Rainy. 40s. | Sunday: Cloudy. Rain chances continue. 40s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


Did we all move to Seattle? We do need the rain after our recent dry stretch. But I don't remember signing up for multiple days of raw and rainy weather. Alas, that is what we have through the weekend. The sun probably won't appear until Monday. And temperatures may not break 50 until Monday either. Some spots north and west of D.C. could even see snowflakes this 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.

Today (Friday): Socked-in with overcast skies. Fog & drizzle prevail most of the day along with periods of light rain. Some moderate rain is possible later in the day toward evening. Almost frigid temperatures -- steady in the 42-47 range -- accompany the constant dampness. What did we do to deserve this?! Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Chance of rain? Near 100%. Just in case you had any hope of getting a break. Again it will be chilly, with low temperatures dropping to around 37-42. Ugh. Take Josh's suggestion from his forecast yesterday -- and STAY IN for the evening. Confidence: Medium

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Tomorrow (Saturday): More rain and still cold. Sound fun? Along with highs in the mid-40s, we'll add in some moderate breezes from the north, too. There's a 50/50 chance the heaviest rain stays just north/northeast of the region depending on exactly where a coastal low-pressure area intensifies. Either way it should be a gray & damp day. Waterproof sneakers anyone? Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow Night: Still overcast with a 60% chance of yet more rain. Chilly low temperatures in the upper 30s to near 40. The northern and western suburbs could even see some snowflakes or sleet mix in. No accumulation though. Yikes. Confidence: Medium

Sunday: Definitely NOT a day to throw around that frisbee. Or do much of anything outdoors for that matter. Another breezy day with highs mainly in the 40s, probably failing to reach 50 in most spots. The models are split on whether we'll just see light rain and drizzle, or periods of soaking moderate rainfall. Confidence: Low-Medium


Skies will probably be slow to clear Sunday night with showers still possible. Lows in the upper 30s to near 40. Confidence: Medium

FINALLY, indications are that we dry out on Monday and Tuesday with little to no chance of rain, increasing sun, and rising temperatures as highs in the upper 50s on Monday turn into 60s on Tuesday. Ahhh, at long last a reprieve for our deluged lawns (and spirits). Confidence: Medium

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By Camden Walker  | October 16, 2009; 8:45 AM ET
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last week I wore shorts, now I need gloves to hold up my umbrella in this cold drizzle-rain!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | October 16, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Any chance a pressure area or a cold front can push all this mucky weather out? Try to at least salvage the weekend?

Posted by: jojo2008 | October 16, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

jojo2008, in a word: no. Sorry :(

Posted by: Josh-CapitalWeatherGang | October 16, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

I'm hoping for some snow this weekend, at least in the mountains. I'm ready for winter!

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | October 16, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I would like to report heavy blowing drizzle downtown near DAR Const Hall. ugh.

And next, where is...everyone should be inside, and in front of their computers commenting! haha.oh well. :)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | October 16, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I'm off to the mountains in the next hour or so, if we get snow, I will take photos!

Posted by: ana_b | October 16, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Utterly ridiculous.

That's what I think of this weather.

So, this now means I've had the heat on in the house for at least one day in all months except July, August, and September.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | October 16, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Parts of PA picked up a half foot or snow of snow yesterday and last night, including the PSU campus at State College. My old hometown in CT picked up a few inches as well. Good stuff.. though I dislike cold.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | October 16, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

This is the ABSOLUTE WORST WEATHER possible...Raw, Boring Forties, to [worse, yet!] high thirties, nothing but yucky wind-driven rain, a fine October weekend TOTALLY TRASHED, and a couple swing-dance events & other outdoor weekend activities impacted by the mess... all courtesy of your friendly local Much-needed Rain Crew!!!

...Meanwhile, any midwinter attempts to get this sort of a FIVE-DAY SNOW EVENT seem utterly doomed to failure...the jet stream is always too fast as happened all last winter!

Posted by: Bombo47jea | October 16, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Isn't this set up like the classic winter storms that always tease us? Storm systems develop somewhere over the east coast probably around the Carolinas, then the area waits to see if we get rain, sleet, or snow and how much. Feels like a winter pattern to me.

Posted by: dcguy20001 | October 16, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Looking at how small the raindrops were just now, I started to wonder ... if it was snowing outside, how much would be on the ground?

Posted by: Murre | October 16, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse


Definitely a winter pattern. Big jet stream dip, high pressure anchored to our north, and areas of low pressure offshore. This would be all frozen precip a couple months later in the calendar.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | October 16, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Looks like we may shatter the record for lowest high temperature for both today and tomorrow!

Posted by: lhaller | October 16, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

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