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Posted at 2:55 PM ET, 10/31/2009

Forecast: Seventies with spooky showers late

By Jason Samenow

Gradual clearing Sunday

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Today: Mostly cloudy and breezy, shower chances increase late. 69-74. | Tonight: Showers likely (60% chance). 48-51. | Tomorrow: A.M. clouds, P.M. sun. Near 60. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


Sorry trick-or-treaters, but you may need to work a raincoat or umbrella into your costume. Rain chances increase this afternoon, with occasional showers likely by this evening. On the plus side, it will be mild and the steadiest rain may hold off until after about 10 p.m. The other positive in this forecast is that we're likely to have some sunshine tomorrow after a long stretch of cloudy days.

Radar: Latest regional radar loop shows movement of precipitation over past three hours. Powered by HAMweather. Refresh page to update. Click here or on image to enlarge. Or see radar bigger on our Weather Wall.

Today (Saturday): The clammy chill in the air will erode today as strong winds from the south (10-20 mph, with higher gusts) usher in rather mild air. Though skies will remain cloudy, a few breaks are possible, especially mid-day. Unfortunately, showers may develop in the afternoon (30% chance) becoming more numerous towards evening. Highs should reach the low 70s. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: By this evening, the cold front nears and shower chances will rise into the 50-60% range. Temperatures will steadily fall through the 60s.

A period of steadier rain may develop after 10 p.m. lasting through pre-dawn as the cold front trudges through the region. Lows will generally be around 50. Rainfall totals will probably be in the 0.25-0.5" range. Confidence: Medium

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Tomorrow (Sunday): Early risers may experience some lingering light rain, but everyone should begin to gradually clear by mid-morning. During the afternoon, partly to mostly sunny skies should emerge, with highs near 60. Winds will be from the northwest at around 10-15 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Clear and seasonably cool. The cold spots will bottom out in the mid-30s with low 40s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High


Very nice weather as we had back to work Monday, with partly to mostly sunny skies, and highs in the low 60s. Clear Monday night, with lows in the mid-30s to low 40s (suburbs to city). Confidence: Medium-High

Some increase in clouds is likely Tuesday ahead of the next cold front. And an afternoon shower or two can't be ruled out (20% chance). Temperatures will be mild, with highs near 60. Confidence: Medium

By Jason Samenow  | October 31, 2009; 2:55 PM ET
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Posted by: raimundlen25 | October 31, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Trick or treaters stand easy. A very light band of showers just moved through NW Montgomery. Hardly enough to get the road wet. Nothing else appears to be behind it.

I am predicting a dry 6 - 8p period.

Posted by: MKadyman | October 31, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

This current line of showers figures to be light.

Early checks on winter predictions for '09/'10 seem to shed some encouraging light on our area for snow lovers. My main concern involves a possible strong El Nino like that of '97/'98 which gave us NOTHING but the sort of crud we've had thus far in October. Anyway, we're waiting for the coming week's "official" CWG 2009/2010 Winter Outlook.

BTW, the first extended upper-air prediction chart I've seen has BELOW NORMAL temperatures for our area from December through February. Should this verify, we could be in for a real snow bonanza!

Posted by: Bombo47jea | October 31, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse


You are warm, but as usual wrong.

The weak to moderate El Nino will give a memorable winter west and south of DC along with some sig. winter storms, mainly late.

As I recall, you were predicting a 97-98 washout earlier.

Just joshing my friend......Good to tangle again

Posted by: AugustaJim | October 31, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

don't know if you're interested, but it is kind of fall-related, and washington related. check out my pumpkin.

can't wait for that winter forcast.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | October 31, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Nice pumpkin, Walter.

I checked my bucket before the late afternoon sprinkles started here and we got 1 7/16" of rain this week.

Not much rain here on Halloween so far, but the rain delay in Philly might take up my extra hour of sleep tonight.

Posted by: spgass1 | October 31, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

By the way, if interested, my motion camera captured a possible image of an abominable snowman. Happy halloween.

Posted by: spgass1 | October 31, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

sure, it could be the flash, but....

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | October 31, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Rain starting again - - I hope everyone is inside. and done with Trick or Treating!!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | November 1, 2009 1:12 AM | Report abuse

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