Forecast: Drizzle hampers holiday getaway
Temporarily drier for Thanksgiving; A gusty Black Friday
Today: Mostly cloudy. Periods of drizzle/occasional shower. Mid-to-upper 50s. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. Late-night fog/mist. Low-to-mid 40s. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly cloudy. Chance of late-day showers. Upper 50s to near 60. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail
FORECAST IN DETAIL
With no major storm affecting the mid-Atlantic or Northeast, today won't be as bad as some getaway days have been for those heading toward or away from D.C., be it on I-95, I-270/I-70, I-66/I-81 or Rt. 50. That said, more of that pesky drizzle -- and some showers, especially along I-95 from Baltimore to New York -- could slow things down. The drizzle breaks for Thanksgiving Day, though showers may return by evening. Then, it's a blustery Black Friday with a chance of more showers, followed by weekend sun.
Today (Wednesday): Light winds from the east/southeast keep the air moist, with periods of drizzle or mist and an occasional shower possible through at least early afternoon. Despite mostly cloudy skies, temperatures could climb a few degrees higher than yesterday, to highs in the mid-50s. Maybe some upper 50s if afternoon skies brighten a bit. Confidence: Medium-High
Tonight: The evening looks to bring a break in our persistent drizzle/mist, and even some breaks in the clouds, though mist and areas of fog could develop after midnight. Lows in the mid-40s downtown, low 40s to near 40 in the burbs. Confidence: Medium-High
Keep reading for the forecast through the holiday weekend....
Tomorrow (Thanksgiving): We'll have one low-pressure area moving though the Great Lakes and another off the North Carolina coast. That leaves the D.C. area in between with partly to mostly cloudy skies, highs in the upper 50s to near 60, and likely rain-free through most of the day except for the chance of some morning mist. Showers are possible by evening. Confidence: Medium
Tomorrow Night: A period of rain is likely during the evening or overnight as a cold front passes by. With increasing winds from the west/northwest, lows probably dip to near 40 by dawn. Confidence: Medium
A blustery first day of the holiday shopping season, as Friday winds from the west/northwest could gust to near or above 40 mph. Showers may continue during the morning -- a few mountain snowflakes could even find their way into the metro area -- with partial clearing possible in the afternoon and highs likely in the upper 40s. Still quite breezy Friday night with lows in the 30s. Confidence: Medium
The weekend remains on track to be a pretty nice one all things considered. Partly to mostly sunny skies should help highs back into the 50s both days, though lingering breezes will probably keep things feeling chilled on Saturday. Lows in the 30s Saturday night. Confidence: Medium-High
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