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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 11/ 1/2009

Forecast: Rain to only very slowly taper off

By Brian Jackson

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Today: Rain ending this afternoon. 54-57. | Tonight:Becoming partly cloudy. 39-44. | Tomorrow: Sun and clouds. 59-62. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


"Oh no, not again!" you may utter when you look outside this morning. Take advantage of your extra hour this morning and read the paper (Washington Post please), enjoy your coffee, we'll soon be rid of this persistent, depressing, gray, and showery weather soon enough. Following the conclusion of this round of showers this afternoon, steadily improving weather follows into the work week. For the start of the work week, blue skies will shine with temperatures just below normal.

Radar: Latest D.C. area radar loop shows movement of precipitation over past two hours. Powered by HAMweather. Refresh page to update. Click here or on image to enlarge. Or see radar bigger on our Weather Wall.

Today (Sunday): Yet even more rain will be around and about this morning and into the afternoon. However, this represents the last gasp of the string of systems that has had us seeing gray for several days. By late afternoon, the rain should be gone though some activity may linger in eastern parts of the region. Highs will be much cooler than yesterday, topping out in the upper 50s to near 60. Winds from the north at 5-10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: A string of fairly brisk overnights begins tonight. Clouds will decrease and temperatures will do the same. Lows will be within a few degrees of the 40 mark (mid-30s in the colder suburbs). Winds will continue to be northerly and light. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the outlook into early next week

Tomorrow (Monday): This is more like it. While definitely not shorts/t-shirts weather, we'll finally welcome a day with considerable sunshine. While we may not have crystal blue skies all day long, we should see much more sun than in the past several days -- the right way to start off a new week. Highs will still be on the cool side, topping out right around 60 degrees or so. Winds will be from the northeast and light. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: Temperatures will again be cool under partly cloudy skies with overnight lows in the lower 40s, with a few readings in the 30s sprinkled around the cooler suburbs. Winds will be light and variable. Confidence: Medium-High


Tuesday will see a mix of clouds and sun again with highs in the low 60s as a weak cold front approaches. There's an outside shot at a shower or two to the north and west, but most of the activity shouldn't make it across the mountains. Overnight, partly-to-mostly cloudy skies remain, as does a chance for showers north and west. Most of the area should stay high and dry. Lows dip to the mid-to-upper 30s (suburbs) to low 40s (downtown). Confidence: Medium

Wednesday high pressure overtakes the area. Mostly sunny skies will prevail across the mid-Atlantic and highs will remain cool-ish in the wake of the front, only reaching the upper 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

By Brian Jackson  | November 1, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
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We've had some night time rains lately.

Is that chance or a function of something else?


Posted by: jaybird926 | November 1, 2009 6:17 AM | Report abuse

I am waiting with bated breath for the CWG's long range winter forecast :) I usually check this site every morning, but this week I will be doing it with a lot more anticipation. Almost as much, but not quite of course, as when a chance of snow is on it's way.

Posted by: Snowlover2 | November 1, 2009 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Jim in NOVA here:

I'm sure it'll be gorgeous all week then rain again next weekend :). It seems to be in one of those dreadful patterns. Seeing it through an office window is a poor way to enjoy the sun!

Posted by: jahutch | November 1, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Can someone please tell me why it has rained all year long? This weather is out of control. My logs say an average of 5 days a week of rain and clouds for the year and temps well under norm. We are going to get hammered this winter if this continues. I'm pretty sure Seattle has seen more sun this year than we have.

Posted by: j0nx | November 1, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

like snowlover2, i too am eagerly waiting the winter forcast. meanwhile, or maybe as part of that forcast, you can explain why we never have mulitple-day snow storms. it seems like this past month or so we've had several occasions where it rained for 3 or 4 days in a row. how come that never happens with snow storms?

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | November 1, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

We've received an inch so far from this latest storm. Yes, I agree, the rainy weekends are getting old!

Posted by: david_in_stafford | November 1, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Ooh I'm late!
West Springfield - Week start storm (Mon-Wed) = 2.45"

Halloween night to today 2pm= 0.94"

Ok, we are officially wet.

Posted by: bikerjohn | November 1, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely nothing to do with weather, but your lead statement contains what might be the ultimate split infinitive--far worse than the classic "To boldly go!" I may be the only one left in the entire world who thinks split infinitives are bad grammar.

Posted by: RAB2 | November 1, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

(Washington Post please)oh please. pimping the post.

Posted by: deveinmadisonva | November 1, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Your impressions are inconsistent with the data.

Posted by: CapitalClimate | November 1, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

13/16" of rain at my location (10/31-11/01)

Posted by: spgass1 | November 1, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Oh great, Capital Climate is back. That usually leads to me and a lot of people I know visiting this site less and less. Oh well . . .

Posted by: SouthsideFFX | November 1, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

capitalclimate is just providing factual context, as he typically does. it's an important role, the voice of reason.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | November 1, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Winter outlook will be released Wed or Thurs. We're still figuring out which day.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | November 1, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

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