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Posted at 9:45 AM ET, 10/28/2009

Forecast: Rain relents, but sun remains limited

By Dan Stillman

Drying out through Friday. How about Halloween?

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Today: A.M. drizzle/mist. Some p.m. glimpses of sun. Mid-60s. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. Upper 40s to low 50s. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly cloudy. Low-to-mid 60s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


This morning makes three straight commutes slowed by rain or lingering wetness. Fortunately there won't be a fourth this evening, as soaking overnight rains depart this morning, followed by quiet weather through Friday. Unfortunately, the forecast for Halloween weekend is fraught with uncertainty. Let's get to it...

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Today (Wednesday): The solid area of rain moved out early this morning. But drizzle or mist could linger until around lunchtime. By afternoon, though, some glimpses of sun are possible as highs top out in the mid-60s. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Partly cloudy with lows in the upper 40s (suburbs) to low 50s (downtown) as a light breeze from the north brings in somewhat drier air. Still, fog is possible as some moisture lingers in the atmosphere. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through Halloween (and the end of daylight saving time) weekend....

Tomorrow (Thursday): Low-level clouds may hang tough. But some windows of sun aren't out of the question. We'll call it partly to mostly cloudy with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow Night: Another partly cloudy night with lows in the upper 40s (suburbs) to low 50s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High


Not bad at all for Friday. We're likely to see partly sunny skies and highs in the 60s, with just a small chance of a passing shower or two Friday afternoon into Friday night. Confidence: Medium-High

With so many Halloween activities planned for Saturday and Saturday night, I'd like nothing more than to give a confident weekend forecast. But no can do. What we're fairly certain of is that a cold front will approach or move through Saturday with at least a chance of some showers and highs approaching or surpassing 70. How widespread will any showers be? And will a more significant storm develop along the front and bring rain to the area Saturday night into Sunday? Just don't have those answers yet. Confidence: Low

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By Dan Stillman  | October 28, 2009; 9:45 AM ET
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Listening to the forecasts yesterday, you can see the emotion on their faces when they were talking with the other newscasters. Halloween is a mighty tough call for you guys in terms of wanting to get it right and feeling the need of wanting it to be a good one.

Posted by: jaybird926 | October 28, 2009 6:14 AM | Report abuse

So far I think Halloween will be salvageable. Stay tuned for more updates from the Gang on this!
Otherwise, I am soooo glad the rain has taken a pause. wow, gloom gloom and wetness. ugh! was not liking yesterday.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | October 28, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

October rainfall extremes for the decade set a new record.

Posted by: CapitalClimate | October 28, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Another significant rain event. I went to bed last night and I had 3+ inches on my rain gauge. I'll post overall totals later. Sunny now.

Posted by: jojo2008 | October 28, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Over two inches in some areas...the much-UNNEEDED rain crowd is still working overtime! Sun seems to be coming out now...

Why is it that we can NEVER get precipitation like this when the cold air's in place and we could use a good snowstorm??? Too often it changes into plain old commute disrupting SOGGINESS!

Posted by: Bombo47jea | October 28, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Has turned into a nice afternoon out there. Get out and enjoy!

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | October 28, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Tis a great afternoon. Too bad I'm overdressed for it. :(

No mention of 70's in any of the local TV forecasts this morning.

What happened?

Posted by: ThinkSpring | October 28, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse


More sun than anticipated... temperatures responded. I actually contemplated going mid-to-upper 60s rather than mid-60s (which I believe was already higher than some outlets were predicting), but that still wouldn't have been high enough.

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | October 28, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

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