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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 03/23/2010

PM Update: Cool breeze now, but warmer tomorrow

By Ian Livingston

Pleasant Wed. and Thurs. before next rain chance

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Take a quick step outside and you will be reminded that we are still not too far removed from the cold season. Highs rising to the low-and-mid 50s along with a gusty wind from the northwest created a rather chilly day, especially after all the recent warmth. For the most part, rain showers have stayed to the west and to the east of the area, but a few are possible into the evening.

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.

Through Tonight: After a risk of a passing shower the rest of the afternoon into early evening, skies should start clearing in earnest after sunset, leaving us mostly clear by morning. Lows range from near 40 to the mid-40s. Winds continue to gust from the northwest up to 25 or 30 mph.

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Sun returns tomorrow and temperatures respond by rising back above average. Afternoon highs in the mid-60s should do it for just about everyone. The only down-side (depending on perspective) will be continued northwest winds gusting to around 25-30 mph and subsiding late.

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Cherry Blossom forecast: The National Park Service has revised its peak bloom estimate. The harsh winter was apparently no match for our recent warm stretch which should help the peak -- 70 percent of flowers open -- occur April 1-4. The previous forecast was for peak bloom April 3-8.

By Ian Livingston  | March 23, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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Last couple GFS runs look like all rain... is there still a chance for snow this month?

I saw VATechBob's "no" comment below... any other thoughts?

Posted by: spgass1 | March 23, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

@cassann981 (in response to your question in the earlier forecast post)

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 3:55 PM | Report abuse

spgass1, I'd vote no as well and hope for a stray flurry at the end. At this point in the year we're pretty hard pressed to get snow. Yeah, it can happen.. but.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | March 23, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

For what it's worth... cold rain.

Posted by: pjdunn1 | March 23, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

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