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Posted at 3:20 PM ET, 10/20/2010

PM Update: Gloomy weather on its way out

By Ian Livingston

Sun and breezes tomorrow; Chilled nights ahead

* Typhoon Megi update | Early fall on the mall | Giant wind tunnel *
* Outside now? Radar, temps, clouds & more: Weather Wall *

It's just one of those days. A good one for a nap if you aren't (or even if you are?) at work. Clouds have held tough across much of the area, and some brief light rain made it as far north as D.C. and immediate surrounds before sinking back south and east. Highs have only made it to the upper 50s and near 60 thanks to the clouds and light rain around.

Radar & lightning: Latest D.C. area 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.

Through Tonight: The last of the light showers are pulling off to the east. Skies start clearing this afternoon and evening as low pressure moves away. Overnight, we'll see mostly clear skies, with perhaps some areas of fog. Temperatures fall to near 40 in the coldest spots to the upper 40s or near 50 downtown.

Tomorrow (Thursday): Sunshine returns and we're looking at a pretty sweet day. A cold front pushing through by afternoon should kick up gusty winds from the northwest, sustained around 10 or 15 mph. There should be some temporary increase in clouds along with a slight risk of a very isolated shower somewhere late day. Highs reach the mid-or-upper 60s.

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Winter forecast: Joe Bastardi, who according to AccuWeather, "nailed the forecast last year," is set to release his winter outlook tomorrow. Today, there was a bit of a preview. The story around here? Not great for winter weather enthusiasts it seems. As is typical in a La Nina, he expects the worst of winter's wrath to be centered well to our north and northwest, but also potentially an early start on the East Coast in November and December. See more in a video on AccuWeather.

By Ian Livingston  | October 20, 2010; 3:20 PM ET
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Can we get an extended forecast with predictions with what the weather will be like for the Marine Corps Marathon 8 a.m. on Oct. 31? Thank you!

Posted by: trollboy69 | October 20, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Bummer, but not surprising. Just get some snow in here before year's end so we can top 40" for the calendar year for perhaps the first time since the early 1900s. I think we're 2-3" shy of hitting 40".

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | October 20, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Really??? What is Bastardi's track record over the years...not just last year's accurate forecast? Seems to me he was not that accurate prior to last year.

Generally you don't expect that much snow around here in a La Nina year, anyway...though you often get several sharp cold waves. The snow tends to hit in lake-effect areas during such winters... and we're generally in the Appalachian "snow shadow". However several of the winter outlooks I've seen thus far tend to say that we'll get our customary 15 inches at DCA.

Speaking of winter outlooks, we're still waiting for the "official" CWG outlook. Seems to me we're a bit overdue. What's holding it up...perhaps a search for the proper analog years???

BTW, I'm already getting sick and fed up with all the political commercials on the airwaves. More of this junk, [especially from the right] and I may consider just not voting. I'm already "burned out" from all the Virginia state campaign advertising last fall. Wish my local cable system could just black out all the Maryland THEY think I can cross the river and vote in Maryland, anyway???

Posted by: Bombo47jea | October 20, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

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