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Posted at 7:55 PM ET, 05/17/2010

PM Update: Steady rain to turn showery

By Ian Livingston

More showers tomorrow and moderating temps after

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Rain has been fairly widespread today if not terribly heavy. Most locations around the area have picked up about .20-.50" thus far, with some more to come into tonight and tomorrow. Overall, good news for places that have missed out on recent hit-or-miss thunderstorm activity. Temperatures have struggled to get out of the 50s most spots this afternoon after reaching highs generally in the low 60s this morning.

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: Today's steady light rain may increase a bit before beginning to depart by evening, but showers, some moderate and long-lasting, continue on and off through the night. Another batch of steadier rain may threaten by sunrise, as low pressure develops off the coast, yet the heaviest activity should stay just to our south and east. Temperatures slowly dip to lows near 50 or in the low 50s.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): The developing storm system moves north to a position just offshore to our east by tomorrow afternoon. Most of the steady rain with this storm should stay to our east, but intermittent showers are possible through much of the day and I'd check back early tomorrow to make sure it doesn't creep in closer. Highs reach the upper 50s and low 60s. Winds could occasionally gust, from the northeast, to around 20 mph or higher.

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Bob Ryan & Kim Martucci: After much recent speculation, it's official: Bob Ryan joins WJLA as of today. Ryan takes over the 11 p.m. time slot from Doug Hill, who will continue working the late-afternoon/early-evening broadcast. The two will join forces during severe weather events, and Ryan says "he can't wait to develop the weather pages" for, the new local news site scheduled for launch this summer by WJLA owner Allbritton Communications. In other local TV weather news, Kim Martucci will be working with NBC 4 part time, appearing on weekends.

By Ian Livingston  | May 17, 2010; 7:55 PM ET
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Will the showers taper off tomorrow by late afternoon / early evening? I have some outdoor activities planned for tomorrow around 6pm and I'm trying to decide if I should cancel or go forth. Thanks in advance!

Posted by: CuseFan07 | May 17, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Approaching 3/4 inch of rain in northern PW county. Much needed!

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | May 17, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Just .25" here in S. Arlington thus far. I was expecting 1 inch today.

Posted by: jojo2008 | May 17, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Per jojo2008's posting...Columbia Heights West has been seeing less-than-expected rainfall today, probably in the 0.25" range, certainly less than a half-inch. Will need to see what happens tomorrow, particularly in the afternoon when I'm heading to my oral surgery appointment. They are still calling for possible thunder tomorrow evening in some quarters though the consensus I hear seems to favor cool, raw drizzle. My issues are more related to the low pressure.

Based on my reading of DCRTV's posts, Kim will be taking maternity leave in the fall. Channel 4 dropped their new guy from Mississippi State last year--I didn't hear much about it...but it will be nice to have both Bob and Kim back on the local TV weather scene. BTW has anybody noticed Channel 9's new on-camera mets? Devon Lucie is now doing much of the noontime work that Kim and Howard Bernstein did previously. They also have an African-American lady whose name I don't recall right now. I think Howard is doing the evening shift when Topper isn't available. Right now Devon Lucie is doing the 7:18 pm weathercast.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | May 17, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

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