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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 10/13/2010

PM Update: Nice now, stormy later

By Ian Livingston

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It's been a beautiful day around here with light winds and mostly sunny skies. Temperatures are topping out in the mid-and-upper 60s this afternoon, which is basically average for the date across the region. We'll stay mostly clear into the evening, but clouds are on their way and rain won't be too far behind.

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: The evening's looking pretty pleasant as the main swath of cloudiness holds off until after sunset. Rain begins to develop to the west overnight, but it may initially be slow to move in. While we run a risk of showers after midnight or so, the bulk should hold off until during daylight hours tomorrow. Lows in the upper 40s for the cooler suburbs to the low-or-mid 50s downtown.

Tomorrow (Thursday): More widespread rains should be into the area near or after sunrise tomorrow, then continuing into the day. The most intense stuff should fall during the midday and precipitation likely pulls off to the east and northeast by afternoon or evening. Highs are probably within a few degrees of 60, though I would not be surprised to see most places stay in the 50s. Winds pick up as the day progresses, probably sustained about 10-15 mph by evening and continuing to strengthen into the night.

Looks like rain potential is generally .5"-.75" with some spots maybe topping 1", and perhaps others seeing less than .5".

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Fall foliage: Autumn color continues to progress across the larger region, while the D.C. area remains in "low color" according The Foliage Network. In general, it seems the region is running slower than average for color, probably partly due to the warmer than normal temperatures of recent. How's it looking around your place?

By Ian Livingston  | October 13, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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Comments

Sometimes I wish foliage would come sooner here in downtown DC.. but the warmer temperatures in this urban environment which have partly delayed the colors (Ian, I think youre correct to connect the delay of colors to warmer temps this year)--I will enjoy a warmer winter downtown. And hopefully lower heating utility bills ;)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | October 13, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, seems that way Camden. I know light is the main driver but there's definitely something to do with temperature as well.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | October 13, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Out in the Blue Ridge, things are turning but not yet at peak. Interestingly I noticed some beautiful color in a hollow this year that's turned faster than my place at a higher elevation. The black gum trees are showing some good red color up around our place along with Virginia Creeper vine. The hickories are starting to turn yellow. I'll try to post some pics later this week.

Posted by: spgass1 | October 13, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Note to the wet (winter) blankets:
Snow, cold = more CWG page views;
Mild = blah.

Can't wait for the first appearance of the SLCB.

P.S. Bob Ryan noted in his 5:00 p.m. forecast that DCA won't see an average high temperature of 70 degrees 'til late April.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | October 13, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

brrr!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | October 13, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Drove to East Lansing, Michigan, the weekend before last for the Wisconsin game. Not much color on the high ridges in Pennsylvania or in Michigan. Drove to Winchester this past Sunday and what colors are appearing seem very muted by drought.

Posted by: jdrsr | October 13, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

@Camden, there is heat at the end of the winter tunnel. During his 6 p.m. forecast Bob Ryan said mentioned that 90-day-record days begin occuring in late March.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | October 13, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

JerryFloyd1, good points. There will be snow this year for sure. I'm not a long ranger, but I know mod/strong La Ninas tend to not give us a ton of snow. But I think there may be the wildcard of continued blocking high pressure near Greenland etc. Awaiting the CWG winter outlook coming soon...

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | October 13, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Husband and I agree that fall colors are a bit late this year. In past years, drought has seemed to accelerate fall color, but not this year. Grass, which rebounded after the tropical rain, has greened up.

Posted by: weathergrrl | October 13, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Husband and I agree that fall colors are a bit late this year. In past years, drought has seemed to accelerate fall color, but not this year. Grass, which rebounded after the tropical rain, has greened up.

Posted by: weathergrrl | October 13, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

apologize for double post, unable to delete.

Posted by: weathergrrl | October 13, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

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