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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 03/10/2010

PM Update: Clouds arrive ahead of next storm

By Ian Livingston

More 60s on tap as rain approaches by late Thurs.

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The brilliant sunshine of the past several days has pretty much vanished but mild temperatures remain as we await an onslaught of rain. Despite today's increased clouds, highs have made it into the low-and-mid 60s once again. Though we have to wait a while for more sunny days, allergy sufferers are surely looking for a little rainy relief, as yesterday's tree pollen count was rated "high" on a scale from "absent" to "very high".

Clouds: Latest mid-Atlantic infrared satellite loop, courtesy Unisys. Click here to expand. Refresh page to update. See more maps on our Weather Wall

Through Tonight: We stay mostly cloudy overnight with just the slightest risk of a passing sprinkle. Temperatures only drop into the mid-40s to around 50 for lows.

Tomorrow (Thursday): Other than a potential sprinkle or two, much of Thursday should be dry and mostly cloudy. However, as we drift into the evening and overnight, rain will become more likely across the area. Highs should reach 60 most spots, with many places heading into the low 60s.

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By Ian Livingston  | March 10, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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CWG: There's still a ton of snow in the WV highlands. What are your thoughts re: flooding potential for the Potomac with the rainmaker this weekend?

Posted by: jmbethesda | March 10, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

CWG had 5.4 million hits in four days during the February D.C. snows? (This information comes well into the podcast.) If so, amazing page traffic.

Once you get past the cornball stuff about Vie-enna sausages, there is a lot of interesting information in the podcast. Will be interesting to see if/when Paul Kocin updates the two-volume Northeast Snowstorms he co-authored.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | March 10, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

What kind of rainfall totals are we looking at?

Should I get out my snowstick?

Posted by: ah___ | March 10, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

@ah___ ,

Don't know whether or not you NEED a snow stick but the total amount of liquid falling from the sky (QPF) is very impressive per the latest model forecasts. In many ways it looks a lot like the totals predicted in the days leading up to our two big snowfalls this past winter season. On the graphical maps ( the REDS are very prominent around the general DC area. (Reds = 3+ inches). Of course this is for a multiple day event, lasting from Thursday night through sometime on Sunday. During this period we will likely see some periods of moderate to heavy steady rain and of course some periods of lighter or no rain. Me thinks the moderate rain is going to be the rule for a good time during the next few days. The snow pack in and around the DC area should almost come to a complete end. Spring is here.

Posted by: pjdunn1 | March 10, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Several inches through Monday seems like a decent bet. HPC is going with about 2-3" across this area.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | March 10, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Of course much of that could come over 24 hours.. Saturday looks like a washout right now.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | March 10, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse


if ONLY it were SNOW! it would be 20", easy!


Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | March 10, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Bummer about 4 days of rain, but if it finally takes care of that large patch of snow in my front yard so I can have a closer examination of the damage to those poor shrubs that are still partially buried, then great. And my bulbs need some sun to start coming up.

My weather excitement has now turned from snow to spring t-storms. Crazy stuff this week already in the south and midwest.

Posted by: bobosnow | March 10, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse


I agree. But on my run today I saw a few blossoms on the cherry trees in front of the townhomes across the street from Iwo Jima, some of the tulips in front of the Netherlands Carrilon breaking through the ground, and a few daffodils blooming along the GW Parkway. Unfortunately I think winter is over.

Posted by: marathoner | March 10, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

I have a flight out of Dulles to NYC on Saturday around 10:30am. What are the chances of major delays flying out of local airports?

Posted by: HokieTerp | March 11, 2010 1:44 AM | Report abuse

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