Forecast: Soaking wet with a bit of chill today
Winds howl tonight & tomorrow
originally posted at 5:00 a.m., updated at 9:15 a.m.
FORECAST IN DETAIL
A storm takes shape right over the top of us today and its development will be pretty dynamic. Aside from a chilly rain in the metro region, strong thundershowers are likely to be set off to our east as a result. So if you are headed toward the Delmarva be on the look out. On the back side of this storm strong winds funnel into this "pint size" developing nor'easter. There is even a chance for a few wet snowflakes in the West Virginia highlands Friday morning. The storm quickly pulls away on Saturday, leaving us with a delightful weekend.
Today (Thursday): Sprinkles and showers are the feature for early commuters. Make sure your headlights are on as dawn is growing later and the clouds are growing thicker. Later in the commute, rains pick up and some heavy downpours are possible. Don't be surprised if you hear a clap of thunder. The showers become more intermittent in the afternoon but a downpour or two is still possible. Many spots are expected to pick up an inch. Breezes from the east at 5 to 10 mph will build and gust as high as 25 mph during downpours. Winds remain strong and shift to come from the west in the afternoon. Temperatures barely move all day with readings in the 50s. Confidence: Medium-High
Tonight: A few sprinkles are still possible in the evening but don't expect an umbrella to be much help. Winds remain strong from the west at 10 to 15 mph, gusting to 25 mph. Lows fall to the 40s. Confidence: Medium-High
Keep reading for the forecast through Monday....
Tomorrow (Friday): Clouds break and allow a good deal of sunshine in the morning as winds remain brisk. Clouds build up quickly midday and scattered brief showers are quite likely but are only expected to hit the ground in about 40% of the region. As these pass, winds pick up even more from the west at 15 to 25 mph, gusting to 35 mph. Temperatures reach the 60s by noon but get bouncy as the showers move through with wet areas back in the upper 50s. Confidence: Medium
Tomorrow Night: Skies clear in the evening but winds are slow to relax and readings slip into the 50s by dark, which is now happening by 7 pm. Overnight lows are a chilly low-to-mid 40s range. Confidence: High
Saturday is a big improvement with sunny skies allowing our readings to bounce back up to the 60s by afternoon. Breezes are still noticeable from the west at 10 to 20 mph. The evening is even better as winds finally start to calm down. Jackets are required if you are going to be out long with 50s dominant. Lows reach the lower 40s in the burbs and upper 40s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High
Sunday is even better and looks like a "nice day" for sure. Light breezes and deep blue skies are a treat but check out those temperatures...mid 60s to lower 70s. This makes for a great night at FedEx field with 60s likely from kickoff to post-game celebration of another Redskin victory (fingers crossed). Overnight lows are mid 40s to lower 50s. Confidence: Medium-High
Monday starts out in the 50s but with mostly sunny skies the upper 60s to lower 70s look to be a near certainty. The way things have been going it could be even warmer, but I do think the record of 85 is safe. Confidence: Medium-High
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