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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 11/25/2009

Forecast: Drizzle hampers holiday getaway

By Dan Stillman

Temporarily drier for Thanksgiving; A gusty Black Friday

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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


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.

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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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By Dan Stillman  | November 25, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
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It may not be raining heavily, but for anyone spending time outside, it was a soaking mist. I think because the drops were so fine, they got through all my water-resistant bike gear.

Posted by: mmurphy70 | November 25, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

mmurphy, I was soaked when I got to work too! More than I expected from the drizzle. You might be on to something about the fine drops. Of course my gear needs some help before it will perform well again, since it's all been worn hard for a year...

Posted by: debiguity | November 25, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: SteveT-CapitalWeatherGang | November 25, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse


Yes...this has been very nasty...and great for Seasonal Affective Disorder [SAD]. You can't even use an umbrella in this slop, since the darned drizzle-mist drifts in anyway! Wish it would dry up.

This is another reason I tend to dislike El Ninos...we get too darned much of this crud...and not enough REAL winter weather!

Last year we got no snow because it stayed TOO DRY. This year is starting out TOO MILD. Let's hope for a change once meteorological winter sets in.

Let's quit with the crud and get some much-needed snow.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | November 25, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Looks like above av. temps 4 at least the next 9-10 days. Still think El Nino will last longer & b stronger than predicted.

Posted by: VaTechBob | November 25, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, we have Super-Typhoon Nida:

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | November 25, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

The new HPC snowfall forecasts have expanded since yesterday's run, showing snow in WV for Thursday and Friday... may be right that it will be too warm farther east.

Posted by: spgass1 | November 25, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

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