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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 11/10/2009

Forecast: Ida to bring clouds, shower chances

By Matt Rogers

Biggest rains stay south, but breezy showers possible

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Today: Mostly cloudy. 63-67. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers (50%). 45-49. | Veterans Day: Cloudy, cooler & breezy with a chance of showers (50%). 50-54. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


I suppose the good news is that the worst part of the remnants of Ida (lots of rain) will most likely remain south and east of our area over the next few days. The bad news is that she will still share lots of clouds and breezes with us, and the chance of some showers. With her remnants to our south coupled with high pressure to our north, we'll also have a cool onshore flow kicking in tonight and lasting at least through tomorrow night. But we are still optimistically looking at a nice November weekend ahead.

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Today (Tuesday): Ida may not have been a powerhouse on the Gulf Coast, but she sure was a cloud-maker. We will see strong overcast today and tomorrow associated with dear Ida and the combined effects of an onshore (from the east) wind flow. Look for highs in the 60s today. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: The clouds will be with us through tonight with a 50/50 chance of showers. Temperatures should not fall as much due to the cloud cover. Look for mid-to-upper 40s. Confidence: Medium

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Veterans Day): Cooler weather and cloud cover will prevail with highs mainly in the lower 50s around the area. We could see more showers as well (50% chance), along with an increasing breeze. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow Night: Mostly cloudy yet again with a chance of some showers (30% chance). Lows will be in the 40s. Cool breezes from the east will persist. Confidence: Medium


Thursday and Thursday night are looking mostly cloudy and breezy with a continuing chance of showers. Daytime highs aim for the 50s again with Thursday night lows back down into the 40s. Confidence: Medium

Friday could offer gradual recovery as the weekend approaches, with some sun and highs potentially in the low 60s. There is a risk, however, that onshore flow holds on enough to keep things on the cloudier and cooler side (highs in the 50s) with some lingering showers. Confidence: Medium

There are some hints that onshore flow could persist long enough to keep some clouds and still a shower chance around on Saturday with highs in the 60s. Sunday looks sunnier with upper 60s to near 70 within reach. Lows should be mostly in the 40s. Confidence: Medium

By Matt Rogers  | November 10, 2009; 10:45 AM ET
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Just when I was getting used to the sun, it disappears! ugh. Anyone encounter a stray shower this morning?

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | November 10, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I liked the sun better too! Though today's a good example of the impact of cloud level. Today's blanket of clouds is fairly high in the atmosphere, so it's not as dark and gloomy (or as cool) as it would be with a lower cloud deck.

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | November 10, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

12z NAM came north a good bit with heavier precip. Given fall trends still wondering if we get hit good, at least some of us..

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | November 10, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Ian, it seems the trends in the past 12 hours have been to go wetter for our area...Ida is going to cause more trouble it seems.

Posted by: MattRogers | November 10, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully it stays south...this slug of breezy crud is much-unneeded!

Posted by: Bombo47jea | November 10, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

have to say i've been enjoying the mild weather. not looking forward to rain though.

Posted by: madisondc | November 10, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Is Ida packing the rain punch that TS Hanna did in Sept 08? I hope not, we got severe flooding with Hanna. What does the heavier rain south mean -- south of DC, south of the Beltway??

Posted by: erbele | November 10, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse


This will not be a repeat of Hanna... when we mean heaviest rain south, we mean the Carolinas and Georgia. We may get some decent rain here, but widespread flooding is not likely.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | November 10, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Jason -- Thank you! erebele

Posted by: erbele | November 10, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

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