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Posted at 5:45 PM ET, 03/21/2010

Forecast: Finishing our stretch of fine weather

By Brian Jackson

Wonderful weekend gives way to some Monday rain

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8Still in the 70s, you just won't need the shades as much.
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Today: Morning sun, some clouds increasing in the p.m. 73-77. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy, chance of showers towards morning. 54-59. | Tomorrow: Showers at times. 60-65. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


Today we keep the fantastic stretch of spring weather going. For the fourth straight day we'll head up into the mid-70s as some clouds filter into the region late. We come crashing down from our weather high tomorrow though with rain, maybe even a few rumbles of thunder, and temperatures trending cooler.

Today (Sunday): We'll definitely squeeze out one more fine day to close out the weekend. We'll see the sun during the morning and early afternoon hours but high clouds will gradually filter in late during the afternoon. Still, we'll get up into the mid-70s. Winds will blow from the south at around 5 mph. Confidence: High

Tonight: By dark tonight, skies will be on their way to becoming overcast, and the clouds will get thicker as the night wears on. Our overnight will remain mostly rain-free, but some showers may begin by the time our early commuters head out. Overnight lows will be mild thanks to the clouds, only dipping to the mid-50s. Winds will be out of the south at 5-10 mph. Confidence: High

Keep reading to see if and when the nice weather will return....

Tomorrow (Monday): Monday ends our awesome weather streak as low pressure moves through the region. Lighter morning showers could transition to a late-afternoon/evening period of more substantial rain, with some embedded thundershowers possible, potentially making for a messy evening commute. Highs will still be relatively mild, reaching the low-to-mid 60s. Winds will be out of the southeast at 5-15 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Though the area of low pressure responsible for much of the rain will be moving out to sea, an upper-level disturbance lagging behind it should keep some showers going. Overall, not a very pleasant night, with scattered and intermittent showers continuing. We'll begin to transition to a cooler period as well with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Confidence: Medium


On Tuesday, more rain showers are possible as the upper-level disturbance slowly works its way out of the area. Showers are most likely in the morning, though a couple could linger into the afternoon. Skies will remain mostly cloudy for the day with cooler highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Overnight, we'll slowly begin to dry and clear out, with some starry patches beginning to appear. Lows will be cool, around 40 degrees. Confidence: Medium

Wednesday we'll see the return of pleasant weather, albeit a good 10 degrees cooler than this past week. Still, it's March -- we'll take it. Skies should turn mostly sunny as highs climb to around the mid-60s. Confidence: Medium-High

By Brian Jackson  | March 21, 2010; 5:45 PM ET
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Is that a shower I see on radar? If so, is it isolated, or can we expect showers today? I thought they were supposed to hold off until tonight/tomorrow? I have outdoor plans this morning and was hoping they wouldn't be affected by rain.

Posted by: snowlover | March 21, 2010 5:20 AM | Report abuse


There is not and has not been any rain on radar today. You were probably just seeing ground clutter.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | March 21, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

I heard someone talking about a storm (snow?)out west that might make it's way here late next week, any truth to that?

Posted by: weatherjunkie | March 21, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse


It's too early to key in on the details right now, but looks like cold rain to me.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | March 21, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

How's about posting VA pollen count daily? Its been very high for at least the last 10 days.

Posted by: sheepherder | March 21, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Folks--Somehow, tomorrow's forecast -- which I was in the middle of working on got published prematurely for a time. Sorry for any confusion.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | March 21, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse


Check out the new health page link at the top of the post, or click here.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | March 21, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm a snow lover but it's definetly time to put the chance of a snow storm 2 rest until next winter. We could still c a few wet snow flakes but nothing 2 get excited about.

Posted by: VaTechBob | March 21, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

High temp near DC Convention Center today: 76F !

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | March 21, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Not giving up on snow yet. A Virginia station reported 14" over April 27-28, 1928.

Posted by: spgass1 | March 21, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

@Camden, here in Reston,VA we attained a high of 77.1(F)! This is muy loco, I want some temps. in the 50's to come back!

Posted by: TheAnalyst | March 22, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

@spgass1, Yep, my grandmother told me that one of the biggest snowstorms she ever experienced in Southern VA was on Easter Sunday!

Posted by: TheAnalyst | March 22, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

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