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Posted at 5:30 AM ET, 10/ 3/2010

Forecast: More rain on the way

By Brian Jackson

* Outside now? Temps, clouds & more: Weather Wall *

Today's Daily Digit
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day's weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.


Most rain holds off 'til tonight. But kind of a gloomy afternoon.
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Today: Increasing clouds, chance of showers late. 61-65. | Tonight: Rain developing, breezy. 48-53. | Tomorrow: Chilly, showers. 54-59. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


I suppose that it's only natural that after a summer where the buzzwords were "hot" and "dry" that we head into October with "cool" and "wet". Building cloudiness today signals the arrival of a pesky coastal low that spins showers and breezy conditions beginning this evening and continuing into early Tuesday. Nature has a way of balancing out though, and by the second half of the week, we're looking at a few days of fantastic fall weather.

Radar & lightning: Latest regional radar shows movement of precipitation and lightning strikes over past two hours. Refresh page to update. Click here or on image to enlarge. Or see radar bigger on our Weather Wall.

Today (Sunday): Winds coming from the east/northeast means that today will be quite different from yesterday's fall tranquility. Clouds build overhead but we should be able to hold off most of the rain until until late in the afternoon, when some lighter showers or drizzle are possible (30%). Temperatures are held in check by the increasing clouds, only reaching the low-to-mid 60s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: With steadier, light rain moving into the area during the evening hours, we're looking at a rather gloomy October evening: Cloudy, showers, drizzle, chilly temperatures, and turning breezy. Temperatures will fall to near 50 degrees overnight, and winds will be from the northeast at 10-20 mph. Confidence: Medium

Keep reading for the forecast into next week...

Tomorrow (Monday): With a coastal low not going anywhere in a hurry, showers stick around to dampen the new work week. In addition to the umbrella, you may want to bring a light jacket with you as our highs only reach the mid-to-upper 50s. We'll still have some breezy conditions as well with a wind from the north at 15-20 mph. All in all, a very raw day. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow Night: Showers likely begin to diminish as we head into Monday night as they move northward out of the area. Skies continue to be mostly cloudy and lows are chilly once again, in the upper 40s to around 50 in the city. Confidence: Medium


Tuesday, aside from a stray shower, should show some slight improvement. We'll dry out through the day, with mostly cloudy morning skies turning partly sunny by days' end. It remains on the cool side, with highs in the mid-60s.
Overnight, we'll see partly-to-mostly cloudy skies, and lows from the mid-40s to near 50. Confidence: Medium

Wednesday continues our gradual return to more pleasant conditions. Chances for a stray shower or two remain, but we should begin to see a bit more sun under variably cloudy skies. Afternoon highs should reach the mid-60s. Overnight sees partly cloudy and chilly conditions, with lows in mid-to-upper 40s. Confidence: Medium

Thursday looks like we may need to break out the "nice day sun", and we're all too happy to do it. Bright, mostly sunny skies warm us up to a more comfortable afternoon high in the low-to-mid 70s. Confidence: Medium

By Brian Jackson  | October 3, 2010; 5:30 AM ET
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"At a glance" looks like this:
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Start time:1286056800
Current time:1286106399
Start time:1286100000
Current time:1286106399
Start time:1286143200
Current time:1286106399

I refreshed the page and it still looked like that.

Are the temps going to head back up at all or is this it, our descent into the colder temps?

Posted by: debiguity | October 3, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

What's with the print version of the Post? They cut and pasted Saturday's weather page onto Sunday's in the metro section. The only thing that changed was the CWG forecast! Makes you wonder where the copy editors went.

Posted by: dadofmeg | October 3, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse


I noticed that too! Apparently, the Post is giving us an extra Saturday off! I have no problems with that. : )

Posted by: Yellowboy | October 3, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse


That was a bug in the code. It's now fixed.


Not sure what happened there. Will investigate on Monday.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | October 3, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

@dadofmeg and yellowboy

glad to see I wasn't the only one who noticed the repeat weather page this morning...leave it to us CWG readers to pick up on the error! One more gorgeous day like yesterday before the rains come would have been nice though.

Posted by: meteorolinguist | October 3, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

dadofmeg: It would be an extremely rare fall season indeed if our "descent into the colder temps," as you put it, did not reverse itself, and possibly substantially. The same question seems to come up every year. I suspect that the current east coast trough will be replaced by an east coast ridge in not too long.

Don Lipman. Capital Weather Gang

Posted by: Weatherguy | October 3, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Don Lipman and/or Weatherguy, to what the heck are you referring?

Posted by: dadofmeg | October 3, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

dadofmeg: Sorry, this comment was meant for debiguity.

D. Lipman, Capital Weather Gang

Posted by: Weatherguy | October 3, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

debiguity: It would be an extremely rare fall season indeed if our "descent into the colder temps," as you put it, did not reverse itself, and possibly substantially. The same question seems to come up every fall. I suspect that the current east coast trough will be replaced by an east coast ridge in not too long.

Don Lipman. Capital Weather Gang

Posted by: Weatherguy | October 3, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Light rain in Oxon Hill.

Posted by: mhardy1 | October 3, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Light rain in Oxon Hill now.

Posted by: mhardy1 | October 3, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Raining in Columbia too

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | October 3, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

After last week's cacaphonous deluge, a forecast of "light rain" and "drizzle" is sweet music.

Posted by: jhbyer | October 3, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Centreville VA what's going on outside now is more substantial than "light rain", otherwise forecast for today was right on.
Tomorrow will be dismal. Yuck.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | October 3, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

According to the Channel 9 mets, the rain should taper off sometime after noon tomorrow [as the surface low moves north offshore Delaware], and Tuesday will be relatively dry, then the rain returns Wednesday. With the winds generally from the northeast to north, this rain would be snow in most midwinter scenarios unlike last week's southeasterly flow. It would have been about a foot of snow.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | October 3, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

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