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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 03/ 8/2010

Forecast: Sun & sixty early week, then showery

By Jason Samenow

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Yesterday, our three local airports fell just shy of 60 (59 at Reagan National and Dulles, and 57 at BWI). Over the next three days, we stand a strong chance of reaching that elusive number at least once as we continue thawing out after one of the longest winters in recent memory. Then, the rains will come. The period from late Wednesday into the weekend looks cloudy and quite wet. So get your fill of sunshine early on this week.

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Today (Monday): The heavy winter coat probably isn't necessary, but the morning chill (within a few degrees of freezing) probably justifies something of a more medium-weight. Like yesterday, the afternoon will be on the cusp of feeling warm... pleasantly mild in the sun, and a bit cool in the shade. Under mostly sunny skies, most spots will max out within a couple degrees of 60. A breeze from the northwest will blow around 10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: It will be clear and cool overnight, with lows near 30 in the colder suburbs to the mid-30s downtown. Winds will be close to calm. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through the week...

Tomorrow (Tuesday): Just like today, we'll get off to a cool start, but head right back up towards 60 degrees by mid-afternoon. Skies will remain mostly sunny and winds will remain light, mainly from the west around 5-8 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Clear skies early will yield to some increasing clouds late at night as winds flow up from the south ahead of a develop storm system in middle of the country. The southerly flow and increase in cloud cover will prevent temperatures from taking a big fall. Lows will range from the mid-to-upper 30s in the suburbs to the low 40s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High


Clouds will continue increasing during the day Wednesday with a slight (20-30%) chance of showers late in the day. Winds from the south should boost temperatures well into the 50s despite diminishing sunshine. Scattered showers are possible (40% chance) Wednesday night, with lows in the 40s. Confidence: Medium

Cloudy and wet weather is likely for the period Thursday through Sunday. A very slow moving weather system will head towards the region from the west and south, with abundant moisture out ahead of it. While it won't rain the whole time, there will be periods of rain which may be heavy at times. The prospect of heavy rain atop the mountain snowpack may lead to some river flooding issues downstream. Highs will generally be in the 50s with lows in the 40s Thursday through Saturday. It may turn a little cooler Sunday, with highs holding in the 40s. Confidence: Medium

By Jason Samenow  | March 8, 2010; 10:45 AM ET
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Jason, how much rain is expected Thursday through Sunday?

Posted by: david_in_stafford | March 8, 2010 5:13 AM | Report abuse

Beautiful day yesterday...and another on tap today. Fired up the grill last night too. More importantly, the snow shovels have been put away, packed in mothballs for the season!

Can't wait to get outside at lunch today. It's been months since I've been able to skip my office during the day.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | March 8, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse

I'm hoping we really do get to pack up the snow shovels... I remember the spring of my freshman year of college, when it was so warm I was playing ultimate frisbee in shorts on spring break, and my drive back to college in Vermont was in the midst of a ridiculous snow storm. Not saying I expect it, but this winter nothing would surprise me.

Posted by: crashinghero | March 8, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Spammity spam Up There^.

So I guess the snow I took pictures of this weekend will be gone by next. Crocuses are blooming. Spring is springing.

Posted by: wiredog | March 8, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

So, this will be a wet shamrock fest Saturday at RFK?

Posted by: jrodfoo | March 8, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Typical rainy, cool and cloudy weather returns I see. Another march and april where it rains 3 out of 4 weeks looks to be on tap yet again. Anyone want to join me in a move to Seattle for some sunshine? I swear, my kingdom to go a month with no cloud or rain...

Posted by: j0nx | March 8, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

That wasn't Punxsutawney Phil that forecast six more weeks of winter. It was Mendacious Marcus.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | March 8, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse


Too early to make rainfall estimate. At least an inch seems like a good bet though.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | March 8, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

At least it's beginning to look like mild rather than raw rain with mid-fifties to low sixties the first 2-3 days..perhaps a thunderstorm is possible. The big issue is that it drags on into the weekend, and then could get raw...but my dance schedule is front-end loaded...tonight and tomorrow with no big Friday night dance until the 19th...hope it doesn't rain then.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 8, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

j0nx - have you heard from, perhaps, your friends in Seattle that they've enjoyed nice weather?? Well, I see I am in the same camp as comments here--a raw, rainy weekend could hurt some plans!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | March 8, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

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