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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/15/2010

Forecast: Cloudy, damp for another day

By Jason Samenow

Sun, milder temps for mid-to-late week

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4One more day of overcast dreariness.
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Today: Cloudy with chance of showers. 47-51. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy. 38-43. | Tomorrow: Becoming partly sunny. 54-59. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


I imagine many of us are growing weary of this gray, depressing weather pattern and are ready for some sunshine. It's coming but we'll have to get through one more day of soupy, overcast conditions before the sun makes its return tomorrow. Then we're looking at an extended period of sunshine and warming temperatures right on through Saturday.

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 (Monday): With low pressure spinning off the coast, the risk of showers (50-60% chance) remains today. But like yesterday, these showers will generally be light and intermittent. Cloudy skies and a cool wind from the north (at 10-20 mph) will make for a chilly day, with highs only in the upper 40s to near 50. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: For most of the night,it will remain cloudy even as low pressure slowly pulls off to the northeast. Some patchy drizzle or light showers are possible (40% chance), particularly before midnight. By early morning, there may be some breaks in the clouds, with lows around 40. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the week...

Tomorrow (Tuesday): Skies may be mostly cloudy to start the day, but cloud cover should gradually diminish allowing partly sunny skies to eventually emerge -- most likely during the afternoon. High temperatures should reach the mid-to-upper 50s with winds from the north at 10-15 mph. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow Night: Any lingering cloud cover should completely clear out Tuesday night with high pressure moving into the region. The clear skies and light winds will allow the colder suburbs to dip into the low-to-mid 30s with lows near 40 downtown. Confidence: Medium-High


A real touch of spring arrives for the period covering Wednesday through Saturday. All four days will likely be partly to mostly sunny with high pressure holding strong over the region. Temperatures will warm a little each day with highs near 60 on Wednesday moderating to 65-70 by Saturday. The nights will be clear and cool during this stretch with lows from the mid-to-upper 30s in the cooler suburbs to the low-to-mid 40s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

A cold front is likely to pass through the region Sunday, resulting in increasing clouds and a chance of showers, especially in the afternoon. Highs will probably be in the low 60s. Confidence: Medium

By Jason Samenow  | March 15, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
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What the heck? I thought this was supposed to end saturday night? That's what I read last thursday or so. This is what now? 4 days straight of rain. I know we got at least 5" of rain. The forecasts said 1-2 but they are, once again, minimizing the amount for some reason. Seattle looks like a sunny, wonderful climate compared to DC.

Posted by: j0nx | March 15, 2010 6:47 AM | Report abuse

I am looking forward to Saturday's nice weather. Would it be possible to get a National Marathon-cast sometime later in the week? Thousands of people (including me) will be running the marathon or half-marathon.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | March 15, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse


All the forecasts that I saw said that most of the heavier rain would be done by Saturday, but on and off showers would continue until Tuesday.

Posted by: B-Kraemer | March 15, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse


We average double the rainfall of Seattle. Much more rain here! Get used to it - the weather here is a mess, good for weathermen, bad for residents. The most sunshine is in summer, when you don't want it!

Posted by: seasejs | March 15, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

The most sunshine is in summer, when you don't want it!


Posted by: Axel2 | March 15, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Axel2 I believe that is referring to late July and August when the swamp in which we live/near will be so hot and humid they shut down the federal government.

Posted by: VAresident2 | March 15, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

@VAresident2 - FYI: "they" don't shut down the federal government for July/August. Congress is in recess, but there's lots more to the Fuzz than the elected representatives and senators.

Posted by: onefemme | March 15, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

The Drizzle for Shizzle headline online made my day. Snoop Dogg is now a giving weather reports! LOL!

Posted by: PepperDr | March 15, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

The WaPo print edition shows that BWI has had 3.68" this month(!). Most probably in the past 3 days. That's gotta be some kind of record.

Jonx, I would count on tomorrow being another cloudy, drizzle type day. Regardless of the forecasts.

Posted by: jojo2008 | March 15, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Time for a much-needed drought.

...Unlike last year this winter had plenty of snowpack. We should be up to snuff, groundwater-wise through at least mid-July.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 15, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I'm with you--what a treat it would be to have a dry spring

Posted by: steske | March 15, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Any concern that these clouds last into Wednesday due to flow off of the Atlantic. It seems like every Spring, we have a period of wet and gray weather that always last a day or two longer than predicted by models due to a persistent marine layer. It seems to me that this could easily happen Tuesday and if history is a guide, even into Wed..

Posted by: JM222 | March 15, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I love how this consistent, easy rain has eased the pains of such as a storm as Dec-Jan has given us...

Please. More. And thunderstorms along with them! =]

Posted by: cbmuzik | March 15, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

seasejs, every east coastal city between Portland, ME and Galveston, TX get more rain than Seattle. There is nothing unusual or spectacular about Mid-Atlantic weather.

Posted by: dukiebiddle | March 15, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse


Yes--it's a concern. Hence only "medium" confidence in a return to partly sunny skies tomorrow afternoon.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | March 15, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

What's with this constant parade of lows stalling just N and E of us? This is the third major storm in a row that has gotten hung up just off the NJ/NY coastline.....two from blocking patterns, and this one from being cut-off. Fortunately, this time temps were too warm for snow here....otherwise we would have had ANOTHER huge snowstorm...and wind.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | March 15, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

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