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Posted at 8:30 AM ET, 01/23/2010

Forecast: A brief reprieve from the rain

By Jason Samenow

Showers likely again Sunday

* "Bench" marking historic snows | Coleman's climate conspiracy *
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Today's Daily Digit
A somewhat subjective rating of the day's weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.
6A bit brisk, but boatloads of sun.
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Today: Mostly sunny. Near 45. | Tonight: Increasing clouds. 31-36. | Tomorrow: Showers developing. 50-55. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


Sandwiched between yesterday's and tomorrow's rain, we have a sunny Saturday. The rain tomorrow may not really ramp up until the afternoon, but there's the potential for a good amount of it, especially tomorrow night. The beginning of next week will bring gradual drying and gradual cooling.

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Today (Saturday): Lots of sunshine and not much in the way of wind today under high pressure. A slight chill will remain in the air, however, with afternoon highs only in the mid-40s or so. Confidence: High

Tonight: Mostly clear skies early will yield to some increase in cloud cover overnight. Low temperatures will range from around 30 in the colder suburbs to the mid-30s downtown. Confidence: Medium

Keep reading for the forecast through early next week...

Tomorrow (Sunday): Strong flow from the south will give temperatures a boost, quickly rising through the 40s during the morning. Afternoon highs will reach the low-to-mid 50s at the same time moisture ahead of strong cold front streams in from the south and west. Consequently, showers will increase in coverage as the afternoon wears on, with the chance of rain at 60-70%. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Rain is a virtual certainty overnight as the cold front plows through the metro region. The rain may be heavy at times, with a chance of embedded thunderstorms. Temperatures will not fall off much, with lows 45-50. Rainfall totals may reach 1-2 inches. Confidence: Medium-High


The cold front clears the region Monday morning, shutting off the rain. Monday will be breezy, with temperatures not warming up significantly in the afternoon, despite some glimpses of sunshine. Highs should be in the mid-50s. Much cooler air starts to work its way back into the region Monday night, with lows in the mid-30s. A brief shower or snow flurry cannot be ruled out as an upper level disturbance swings through. Confidence: Medium

Flow from the northwest on Tuesday will bring partly sunny, dry, but chilly conditions. Highs will be in the low-to-mid 40s, but it will feel colder than that given some gusty winds. Confidence: Medium

By Jason Samenow  | January 23, 2010; 8:30 AM ET
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Wow, potential t-storms in January. Don't see that often. Looks like flood watches are a virtual certainty for this storm. I would assume even the most stubborn parking lot snowpiles will disappear with this storm. Definitely a "stormy" period we're in.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | January 23, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

"ThinkSpring", yeah, T-storms are rare anywhere around here and Northward this time of year, but I have actually witnessed Thunder Snow before in the middle of Winter as well. Such occurrences happen from time to time (Next I can only imagine a Snownado lol).

Well folks, off to the Zoo I go shortly! I'm glad we have this beautiful reprieve today, because I spent most of yesterday grudging through rain, ice, and mud puddles everywhere in my painstaking mission to get through what should have been a simple DL renewal at the DMV. Today has so far turned out to be the complete polar opposite of yesterday in every form possible, and I can't express my joy with such. I hope everyone has a chance to enjoy this nice, Sunny Saturday!

Posted by: TheAnalyst | January 23, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

ThinkSpring, I'd rather have a SNOWSTORM than this kind of rainy crud right now in the middle of MetWinter...though we're in an El Nino, and the main rain action hits while everyone is likely to be involved in tomorrow's NFL Conference Championship playoffs...too bad they keep putting off the games till prime time so as to "maximize ad revenue". Time was when the first game of "Conference Championship Sunday" started at 1 PM, with the second game at 4:30. Nowadays we have to wait until 3:30 for Game #1, and the second game is still going on by the time we're ready for late-night news and weather.

Looks as though something messy is in store by next Friday, when I have a big Elks Lodge dance that evening. couple of dances tomorrow night and Tuesday got bumped for "private events"...possibly related to the NFL playoffs in the case of tomorrow night.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | January 23, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Current conditions in Burke: 45.7 with a nice mostly sunny sky!

Looks like there is another potential for snow late this upcoming week! Hooray!

Here is a great discussion of the snow potential:

Posted by: Yellowboy | January 23, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Also, about that link I just posted:

Although the CWG will always be number one on my list, that site is a great weather forum with excellent discussions concerning the weather in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The person who runs it is Ruggie (I don't know if that's his real name), who looks like Jason Samenow! : ) He always writes up nice weather synopses.

Here is a link to the General Weather Discussion:

Well, I just wanted to share that with everyone!

Posted by: Yellowboy | January 23, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone else going outside and feeling like it's warmer than what the thermometer says? I'm acutally kind of comfortable in a t-shirt... Is this the thickening of the blood that we got from it being so cold earlier this month?

Posted by: MKoehl | January 23, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

After reading a few blogs on the Accuweather site, most suggest that winter will return with a vengence here in the east as we exit January and enter February. One never knows if it's their "hype-machine" at it again, given their track record for weather prognostications. At the extreme end, both JB and Madman Henry suggest it's going to be cold in snowy for pretty much all of February here in the midatlantic. While there appears to be data suggesting a pattern shift in the offering, it's hard to predict anything extreme. Opinions??

Posted by: johnnierat | January 23, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse


The pattern is definitely going to be more favorable for cold and snow starting the middle of this week and going into early favorable. Whether we'll cash in with a good storm remains to be seen. There is some potential for a storm late next week.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 23, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

General weather question- I have a friend moving from the south to Lexington Park, in St. Mary's County. I know the weather varies quite a bit there than inside the beltway. I'm pretty familiar with the patterns in the western VA suburbs (i.e., they trend colder and snowier than I do in Old Town) and I *think* St. Mary's County trends warmer and less snowy, but icier than Alexandria? Not sure, just guessing from the location. Could someone let me know? I wanted to fill her in.

Posted by: Snowlover2 | January 23, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Reagan is now basically average 4 the mon. -.01, & Dulles is now + 1.4. Turns out this hasn't been a colder than average mon., in fact it will probably end up average or a little above. Guess this will prove CW, or not. Also have inside info the earth is flat.

Posted by: VaTechBob | January 23, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

VaTechBob: Share, share, please! How far from here to the edge? I don't want to drop off.

Posted by: --sg | January 23, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

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