PM Update: Rain, Showers and Drizzle... Brrr!
Cold and moist pattern persists through the weekend
Rain and cold air made today feel a bit like winter has begun. In fact, I can recall similar January days over recent years! Many parts of the area have seen around a half-inch of rain since yesterday, including totals (through 2 p.m) of 0.44" at DCA and 0.55" at IAD. While the intensity and consistency is scaling back as the first batch heads northeast, precipitation stays in the forecast for the near future. Highs that reached the upper 40s to near 50 won't drop too fast but we'll be quite chilled again -- as if we're not already -- overnight.
Through Tonight: Though the first main batch of rain will be off to the northeast, additional moisture will stream across the area. Intermittent rain and drizzle is likely through the night as lows fall to the upper 30s and lower 40s.
Tomorrow (Friday): We stay cloudy and continue with a good chance of rain. Compared to today, the rain should be lighter in nature much of the time. There could also be some lulls, though drizzle may still fall during those periods as the air remains saturated. Best odds for more significant rain returning look to be centered on afternoon into evening. Temperatures crawling toward the mid-40s should do it most spots.
Colorado Balloon Incident: (3:45 p.m. update) Authorities in Colorado were tracking what they believed to be a young boy in a helium balloon that lifted off from his home. Denver meteorologist Marty Coniglio -- also a pilot -- said that conditions could be worse weather-wise, as it's currently clear with generally light winds. Winds in the area are from the northwest around 15-20 mph and they pushed the balloon southeast, to the east of Denver. The balloon has since landed with no sign of the boy inside.
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