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Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 03/23/2010

Forecast: Cloudy and cooler today

By Matt Rogers

Sunshine and 60s return Wednesday and Thursday

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Today: Mostly cloudy. A few showers, mainly in the a.m. Mid-to-upper 50s. | Tonight: Mostly clear. 40-46. | Tomorrow: Sunshine dominates. Warmer. 64-68. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


Yesterday's showers and maybe a few today continue aiding the spring-time return of plant life around the metro area. Blooming is in action and we'll see a lot more of it in the coming days as the sun returns. While last weekend's 70s won't repeat, we should still make a run well into the 60s tomorrow and Thursday before a big cold front arrives to offer cold rain on Friday. Right now, the weekend looks dry but chilly to start.

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Today (Tuesday): Clouds and some scattered showers (30% chance) are possible especially from the morning into the early afternoon. Variable sky conditions are expected the rest of the day with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 50s for afternoon highs. Look for mainly light breezes from the west. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Skies will gradually clear with temperatures falling to lows in the low-to-mid 40s -- with even some upper 30s in the cooler suburbs. Light breezes. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Sunshine will come back in force and help to boost highs into the mid- or even upper 60s around the area. Light to moderate breezes are expected from the northwest. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: A clear night should allow temperatures to drop a bit more than tonight. Lows range from the middle 30s in the outer suburbs to the low 40s downtown. Confidence: High


Thursday should bring a continuation of mostly sunny skies (although we could see clouds venture into the area by mid-to-late afternoon). Highs should again be up into the pleasant mid-to-upper 60s. By Thursday night, a low-pressure system as well as a powerful cold front will be approaching the region, bringing a chance of showers with lows in the 40s. Confidence: Low-Medium

Low pressure and a cold front will move through the region Friday so more rain is expected. Temperatures will remain steady or even turn colder during the day. Highs will be near 50, possibly falling into the upper 40s by late afternoon. All in all, it looks like the worst day of the work week. Rains should end by Friday evening based on current estimates, but clearing skies Friday night could lead to some late-night scattered frost. Confidence: Low-Medium

The weekend should start on the cold side with scattered frost possible Saturday morning, especially in the suburbs. Highs on Saturday might only reach the upper 40 or low 50s. We should at least have partly sunny skies for this cool day. On Sunday, highs should warm to the upper 50s to low 60s with mostly sunny skies. Lows Sunday morning should drop back to the 30s though. Confidence: Medium

By Matt Rogers  | March 23, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
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Gang Accuweather says that on Friday Monday and Tuesday it could snow just to are north what is your thinking on that

Posted by: snowlover31 | March 23, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Hi snowlover! I'm skeptical about the Friday potential, but you are correct that there is some guidance suggesting wet snow could be possible especially to our north on Monday night or early Tuesday. The weather models are in terrible agreement on that storm track and cold air availability, so it is something to watch at this point.

Posted by: MattRogers | March 23, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

"By Thursday night, a low pressure system as well as a powerful cold front will be approaching the region. That will bring a chance of chance of showers with lows in the 40s."

Hi CWG - Any thoughts on specific timing for rain Thursday night? We're trying to pick up new couches and would like to avoid getting them wet! Thanks!!

Posted by: cassann981 | March 23, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

I assume terrible agreement means that they are not in agreement, not that they are in agreement that something terrible will happen.

Posted by: eric654 | March 23, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

No accum. snow 4 DC area the rest of this mon. As far as April, the biggest snows in DC r 5" in 1924, 4" in 1889, 3.5" in 1915 & 3" in 1917. No snows of over .6" since 1924.

Posted by: VaTechBob | March 23, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse


Best guess as of now is that rain probably waits until after 6 p.m. Thursday, and possibly until after 10 p.m.

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | March 23, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

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