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Posted at 8:15 PM ET, 03/25/2010

PM Update: Rain moves in this evening

By Ian Livingston

Much cooler air inbound; 1st DCA March freeze Sat. morn?

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Even with the clouds, temperatures today didn't have much trouble rising on a warm south wind. Highs topped out in the low 70s, well above average once again. Sadly for spring-warmth fans, the mild air is fleeting and an eventually chilly rain is moving into the area this evening. When all is said and done, about .5-1" (some more, others less) of rain should be common across the area.


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: A passing sprinkle is possible before general rain showers advance into the region from the west after about 8 p.m. or so and cover the whole area by midnight. Light to moderate rain then continues through the night, with some embedded heavier showers and occasionally strong winds gusting to 40 mph+ from the southwest. Winds switch direction and pick up from the north toward sunrise with lows in the 40s.

Tomorrow (Friday): Showers, probably lighter than overnight, continue through the morning commute while only slowly advancing east. Things should wind down by midday (maybe ending with some nonaccumulating snowflakes mixed in?) with some clearing during the afternoon. Friday's highs should occur around midnight tonight, with daytime temperatures only inching toward the mid-40s and likely dropping prior to sunset. Winds around 10 to 20 mph will gust to and past 30 mph during the day.

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Too warm for syrup? While our winter was unusually cold and snowy, places to our north had the opposite "problem" and it has carried over into spring. Maple syrup producers -- throughout New England -- have had difficulty getting even half of normal sap from trees this year due to very warm temperatures often not falling much or at all below freezing at night. While the season is not quite over, it is anticipated that most syrup farmers will end up seeing one of the worst production seasons ever.

By Ian Livingston  | March 25, 2010; 8:15 PM ET
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Comments

why does the icon for tomorrow's weather look scarily like rain and snow mix???? You made me read the forecast four times just to make sure there wasn't the dreaded "s" word hidden somewhere.... ;-)


Kim in Manassas

Posted by: ksrgatorfn1 | March 25, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

NWS is calling for rain/snow mix tomorrow morning in southern Montgomery County!! No accumulation expected though. But, the high is only going to be in the 40s?! I think that's a change from what I saw this morning...

Posted by: Murre | March 25, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

We could technically see a "mix" all the way into the western burbs I guess, but anything that falls as snow will act like rain on contact.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | March 25, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Centreville VA is getting some strong, abrupt wind gusts. Loose stuff is flying off the decks. No rain yet.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | March 25, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

The Cherry Blossoms are starting to bloom. There was a big difference just between this morning and this afternoon. I wonder if this rain and wind will damage them?

Posted by: dcawx | March 25, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Blue Ridge Mtns of Northern VA Report

Current Conditions: Gusty winds, light rain, 59.7F

Posted by: spgass1 | March 25, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

dcawx, I have not been down there yet, but I'd imagine they will be fine.. wind and rain are fairly common this time of year. Early in the bloom stage they are pretty strong and well-attached.. once you get toward the end of peak it's another story.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | March 25, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Ian, I bet you are right. I know that a good wind knocked them down right after peak bloom last year.

I'm fortunate to bike by those beautiful trees twice a day to and from work.

Posted by: dcawx | March 25, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

dcawx, that must be nice, especially when it's quiet down there! It still looks like we'll be in some spectacular weather for peak next weekend... good signals for decent warmth -- 80+?

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | March 25, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Ian, I've lived here several years and still get a kick out of seeing the sun rising over the Potomac from my bike.
It is a challenge to get home in the afternoons during the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Warmth next week sounds great for locals and tourists alike!

Posted by: dcawx | March 25, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Incredible wind gusts here in Alexandria. I would guesstimate 40+ mph.

Posted by: bdeco | March 25, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

bdeco, National gusted to 40 this hour and is sustained near 30 right now.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | March 25, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

WOW, the NWS is calling for temps. out here in Western Fairfax Co. to dip down into the Mid-to-Upper 30's(F) by around 1300 HRS tomorrow afternoon (26MAR10)!

Btw, it's been very windy today as well. I recorded quite a few gusts of around 20 MPH, and a sustained wind of around 7 MPH.

Posted by: TheAnalyst | March 25, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Temp update: 49.8

Posted by: spgass1 | March 25, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

It was very windy here earlier this evening.

Snow??? Not too likely here, but there's a lot on the north edge of this rain shield in Pennsylvania.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 25, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

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