Forecast: Rain, rain go away? Not so fast...
Ida's remnants soak city, batter beaches
FORECAST IN DETAIL
Gird yourself for a few more days of overcast skies, rainy conditions and -- to top it all off -- breezy and chilly conditions, as the remnants of Ida are in a hurry to go nowhere fast. From a forecasting perspective, it couldn't get easier: cloudy, rainy and cool into early Saturday. As we've previously advertised, the heaviest rain will likely be focused south and east of the immediate metro area (where 3-5"+ additional rain is possible), but the entire region can generally expect 1-3" of additional rain through Saturday.
Today (Thursday): Today's weather will very closely resemble what we experienced yesterday. Thick overcast skies, rain (of varying intensity), and very breezy northeasterly winds of 15-30 mph will park themselves over our region. Highs will struggle to reach even the upper 40s. Confidence: Medium-High
Tonight: More of the same: we hang onto cloudy, rainy and breezy conditions. Because of cloud cover (which acts a bit like a blanket), overnight low temperatures will be nearly-steady in the low-to-mid 40s. Confidence: Medium-High
Keep reading for the slowly improving forecast through early next week...
Tomorrow (Friday): Our slow-moving area of low pressure will, unfortunately, continue to deliver more of the same for Friday. That means periods of (generally light to moderate) rain and breezy north winds around 15 mph. It probably won't be quite as cool, with afternoon highs likely to break into the low-to-mid 50s. Confidence: Medium
Tomorrow Night: The bad news is that we still have to deal with clouds and rain Friday night; the good news is that I think it will be not only lighter but also more spotty in nature than the daylight hours today and Friday. In fact, areas north and west of DC may see little in the way of precipitation. Overnight lows will hang out mostly in the upper 40s. Confidence: Medium
As our coastal system finally begins to depart the area on Saturday, conditions will slowly improve. Some showers are possible during the first half of the day, but should taper off as the day wears on. Brightening skies will help boost highs to near 60 -- appreciably milder than today and Friday's temperatures. Best of all, by Saturday night, rain will be a thing of the past, so you can finally leave the umbrella at home; temperatures will eventually settle into the upper 40s. Confidence: Medium
What a difference a day makes! As high pressure builds back into the area on Sunday, expect the (triumphant?) return of sunshine, with much milder afternoon highs flirting with the 70 degree mark. Wow. Those clear skies will aid in producing cooler overnight lows in the low-to-mid 40s Sunday night. Confidence: Medium-High
On back-to-work Monday, expect mostly sunny skies and pleasant high temperatures in the low 60s (figures, no?). Those mostly cloud-free skies are likely to remain with us Monday night, with overnight lows in the 40s. Confidence: Medium
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