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Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 01/17/2010

Forecast: Dreary & depressing with downpours

By Brian Jackson

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Today's Daily Digit
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0No one likes rain in January. This one would go negative if I could.
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Today: Raw, cold, rain. 37-41. | Tonight: Rain tapers off. 34-38. | Tomorrow: Clearing skies, warmer. 47-52. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


Not much good news to spread, for today anyway. We'll see rain, lots of it, and a return of cool, raw temperatures. Count it as penance for having the holiday off though, and we'll likely be rewarded with improving weather! Sunny skies will return and temperatures once again make a run at 50 to begin the week!

Radar: Latest regional radar shows movement of precipitation over past three 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): Blech! Rain begins early this morning and will be with us through most of the day. It'll be a cold, raw, soaking rain to boot with temperatures hovering within a degree or two of 40 for most of the day. Winds will be out of the east-northeast at 5-15 mph. Rainfall amounts will likely exceed 1 inch in some areas. Beware of minor flooding in areas where lingering snow piles on the side of the street are blocking drainage ditches. Confidence: High

Tonight: Showers could linger after dark but gradually lighten and dissipate into the night. Cloudy skies will remain and a mist may linger in the air towards morning. Overnight temperatures won't drop off much, only in the mid-to-upper 30s. Winds will be out of the northwest at 5-10 mph. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through Wednesday....

Tomorrow (MLK Day): Looks like we'll salvage our holiday weekend finale. We'll probably still see plenty of clouds during the early morning. But skies should gradually improve to partly sunny by late morning, leading to a fairly nice day with highs back to near 50. Breezes out of the northwest near 10-15 mph through midday decrease to around 5-10 mph later in the afternoon. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Clearing skies make way for a fairly tranquil night around here. Overnight lows will dip into the upper 20s and low 30s (downtown). Winds will be generally from the west and light. Confidence: High


Partly sunny skies for Tuesday with temperatures probably reaching just shy of 50. By evening a weak cold front in our vicinity may (30% chance) produce some patchy light rain. Most should stay dry though under mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-to-upper 30s. Confidence: Medium

Wednesday won't be quite as warm with a 30% chance of light rain. Partly to mostly cloudy skies probably limit highs to the 40s. Confidence: Low-Medium

Updated: Sunday Jan. 17 @ 4 p.m.

By Brian Jackson  | January 17, 2010; 12:05 PM ET
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Looking at radar, seems like end of rain is approaching Richmond now and system is moving quite do we end up with 1" or more? I have recorded .20 so far today.

Posted by: steske | January 17, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

what's up with that snow icon and 39/51 degree temps for thursday on the NWS "at a glance" forcast in the upper left of this page?

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | January 17, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

@walter-in-fallschurch, I noticed that yesterday too. Odd!

Anyway, I'm thankful to Mother Nature for the free car wash today :-) Hopefully some of those dirty snow piles will disappear too.

Posted by: natsncats | January 17, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Southern edge of the rain shield appears to be approaching our area pretty quickly. Looks like the rain may be over in just a couple of hours.

Can you imagine the wailing and gnashing of teeth if this had been a snow event that ended hours earlier then forecast?

Posted by: Curmudgeon4 | January 17, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Curmudgeon4, I was just thinking the same thing. If this had been a snowstorm, the forecast bust comments would be flying fast and furious.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | January 17, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Kevin, funny how on a rainy day we see the rain ending earlier than forecast as a good thing.

Posted by: Curmudgeon4 | January 17, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

actually today is an awesome day if you're a long distance runner. Definitely give it a higher grade than a "0"

Posted by: hohandy1 | January 17, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I would definitely be gnashing teeth if this were an early-ending snow event. Still awaiting informed comment on the flakes on the Thursday icon.

Posted by: manassasmissy | January 17, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Main rain shield appears to be passing to the north.

This week is supposed to be the coldest of the year; instead we have above-normal temperatures in the forecast. We're in the middle of meteorological winter, with Ground Hog Day in two weeks.

Elsewhere, typical El Nino is beginning to set up with several rain events for the Pacific Southwest [big snows in the Sierra and Arizona high country]. Too bad the Arctic air seems to be drying up, so we're only getting these nasty rain systems instead of the MUCH-NEEDED snow!

Posted by: Bombo47jea | January 17, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Bombo47--why is snow much needed?

Posted by: steske | January 17, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

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