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Posted at 3:10 PM ET, 10/29/2010

PM Update: Frost advisory just N & W of D.C.

By Ian Livingston

Freeze warning further northwest in outer suburbs

* Frost Advisory inner N & W suburbs 2 a.m. to 9 a.m. (map) *
* Freeze Warning outer N & W suburbs 2 a.m. to 9 a.m. *
* NASA met sees dead people | Tropical update | Occoquan color *
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Clouds have hung tough much of the day thanks to cold air aloft, and this has kept temperatures a smidge cooler than forecast with highs reaching the low-and-mid 50s most spots. The clouds are beginning to dissipate as we get past peak heating of the day and we'll lose them entirely heading into tonight. If you're headed out this evening, bundle up, it's going to be chilly.

Temperatures: Latest D.C. area temperature map powered by iMapWeather (base map by Google). Click and hold on map to pan. Double-click to zoom. Refresh page to update. See larger map on our Weather Wall.

Through Tonight: Any clouds left this evening quickly fade, leaving us clear and cold. Lows should fall to within a few degrees of freezing (near 30 to the mid-30s) in the suburbs to near 40 downtown. Winds subside, but should not go totally calm, so that may help keep temperatures up slightly in spots.

Tomorrow (Saturday): After a pretty cold start, it should be a relatively nice if still somewhat cool day. We'll probably see afternoon temperatures rise a bit higher than today, so let's say upper 50s and lower 60s. Winds should also be less than today, but some afternoon gusts are possible.

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Foliage watch: Fall color has continued to expand across the area as we enter into the typical peak period. According to the Foliage Network, places north and west of D.C. were seeing high color as of the 27th, while those south and east were seeing moderate color. Peak conditions were reported across the highlands to the west. This should be a great weekend for local leaf peeping, though some folks across the area are already reporting many bare trees thanks to recent winds, so the best views may be patchy.

By Ian Livingston  | October 29, 2010; 3:10 PM ET
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My in-laws will be arriving shortly for a weekend visit. Is it going to be too cold to make them sleep outside tonight?

Posted by: authorofpoetry | October 29, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

this is preposterous:

a buddy of mine said they just cancelled his (6-7 yr old) son's soccer practice because of...are you ready....cold....

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | October 29, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

authorofpoetry - even downtown tonight, I would hesitate to force anyone to sleep outside. Maybe not dangerous cold (yet) but definitely uncomfortable & nippy!

walter-in-fallschurch - wow, I guess that could make sense if this game is far away from the Beltway.. and early in the morning?

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | October 29, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

It's probably too cold to be sleeping outside. My condo finally turned on the heat this afternoon.

Looking ahead, I don't see a lot of synoptic support for the rain on Tuesday or Wednesday but Thursday into Friday appears to hold a better chance for significant rain.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | October 29, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

camden. nope. it was practice this afternoon at 5:00 pm, inside the beltway... sheesh... i suspect the coach had something else to do and was just looking for an excuse to cancel.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | October 29, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Even though today's DCA high was only 58, as of 5 p.m. daily temps have averaged exactly normal, 54 degrees. As temps drop this evening, this may change (the NWS ended up knocking off 6 cooling degree days from yesterday's 5 p.m. tally, reducing the seasonal total to 2,124, a paltry 39% above average.

Can still get 80s in November (e.g., 1975).

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | October 29, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Oct. will end up about +2.8 for the mon. 9th mon. this yr with + temps. Only Feb. had -temps.

Posted by: VaTechBob | October 29, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

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