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Posted at 9:55 AM ET, 03/26/2010

Forecast: Rainy, raw & windy end to work week

By Camden Walker

Chilly tonight as clearing makes way for cool weekend

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2Cold & windy with morning showers. I'm even being a little generous since it's Friday.
 
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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mainly a.m. rain (snowflakes?). Cold & windy. Low-to-mid 40s. | Tonight: Becoming mostly clear. Breezy early. Mid-20s to mid-30s. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny & cool. Low 50s. | Sunday: Some a.m. sun. Chance of p.m. showers. Upper 50s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Morning rain and a windy chill don't exactly make for a great end to the work week. At least there's one silver lining: the rain will temporarily wash away all the pollen. After today's harsh reminder that it's still March, sunshine and warmer weather return for Saturday and early Sunday, but weekend highs will fall short of the 60s and 70s some of us have gotten used to. Showers threaten again for late Sunday into early Monday.


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 (Friday): It's a wet and raw morning commute before the showers taper late morning and completely exit (from west to east) by early afternoon. Some non-accumulating snowflakes may mix in as the rain departs. Winds gusting to around 30-40 mph from the north likely hold daytime temperatures to the very chilly low-to-mid 40s. Skies sould begin to clear later in the afternoon, and at least the winds will help dry things up for the evening rush. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Temperatures, which will start out pretty low in the first place, dive into the 30s during the evening as skies become mostly clear. Evening winds should still be fairly breezy, around 10-15 mph from the north, but they'll be less gusty than during the day and will gradually decrease through the night. Downtown should bottom in the low-to-mid 30s with mid-to-upper 20s likely across the suburbs. A wee bit chilly! Confidence: Medium-High

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

Tomorrow (Saturday): Sunshine returns in full force! But don't expect it to feel much like spring. The chilly start, with morning lows near and below freezing, probably means highs in the low 50s at best. Winds should be light and variable in direction. While on the cold side, March could do us worse. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: Partly cloudy skies are expected and low temperatures will be a little higher than tonight, but still a bit chilly in the 30s. Confidence: Medium

Sunday: I'm hopeful we'll see some morning sun as highs head for the upper 50s. But skies probably cloud over by late morning or early afternoon, with a 30% chance of afternoon showers. All in all, not a complete weather-waste of a weekend day. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Showers are a pretty decent bet (60% chance) Sunday evening and overnight as a cold front comes through. Lows should dip to around the the mid-40s. Confidence: Medium

Showers may still pester us Monday morning (40% chance) with brightening or clearing skies possible by afternoon (not unlike today, actually). Highs will probably be in the 50s with gusty breezes from the north. Confidence: Low-Medium

By Tuesday, the cold front is long gone and it looks like we're back to mostly sunny skies. That should help highs reach at least the mid-50s, possibly near 60. Confidence: Medium

Gradually warmer temperatures are expected as the week continues.

Updated: Friday March 26 @ 3:40 p.m.

By Camden Walker  | March 26, 2010; 9:55 AM ET
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Comments

Very funny and weather related. A news anchor falls out of her chair as she reaches over to touch a weather guy live on-air.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhBgZ7ub5fg&feature=popt00us01

Posted by: stinkerflat1 | March 26, 2010 6:45 AM | Report abuse

NWS is calling for temperatures to dip below 40 around noon if I recall correctly. And they're still calling for the possibility of snow. This is for the southern Montgomery County area.

On the other hand, they are only calling for winds being 16 to 24 mph and say nothing about gusts. I'm going to dress for your winds and their temperatures...

Posted by: Murre | March 26, 2010 6:47 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of snow, there is still a rather large pile, ~ 3ft high, of snow @ the University of Maryland in College Park. I suspect this snow is actually from the December storm. It's survived all the rain and warm temps. :)

Posted by: crazer | March 26, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Temps dropped to 35.4F here in NoVa's Blue Ridge Mtns. Lightly raining... radar shows the bulk of precip already to the east... no snowflakes spotted yet...

Posted by: spgass1 | March 26, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

darn, when i heard somewhere about temps in the 20s (!) i became irrationally hopeful that this storm might bring snow....oh well...

stinkerflat1,
that anchorwoman is hilarious. i love how we see her sinking out of sight with her hand going down last....saying "i'm ok, i'm ok!"

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | March 26, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

so the winds are definitely supposed to be lighter tomorrow night around 8pm than tonight around 8pm, right? How much lighter? How bad will they be tonight around that time? I'm trying to figure out which night to go out and shoot my long exposure shots and the less wind the better.

thanks.

Posted by: dotjeffdot | March 26, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

@dotjeffdot

Around 10-15 mph tonight and probably still with some gusts (to near 25 mph). Tomorrow night, more like 5-10 mph and not much in the way of gusts. -Dan, CWG

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | March 26, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Not a single flake of snow fell in southern Montgomery County. We didn't get too much rain either.

Posted by: Murre | March 26, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

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