PM Update: Nor'easter moving out
Sun returns tomorrow, wind should whip too
Today's rain is heading out to the east and northeast, but not before dropping moderate totals across much of the area. Through 3 p.m., National Airport received 1.26", Dulles 0.96" and BWI 0.82". Radar-estimated totals seem to be fairly accurate, and generally show that those near and east of I-95 got more rain than those well west. Most of the rain is done, though a few more showers may still pass through. Temperatures that reached highs mainly in the mid-to-upper 50s will fall back again shortly.
Through Tonight: We stay mostly cloudy through the evening with the risk of a passing shower or two before skies become clearer overnight. Cooler air moving in behind the storm should provide for a chilly one as lows reach the lower 40s in the cooler suburbs to near 50 downtown. National is still looking for its first low in the 40s since May -- winds around 10 mph with higher gusts may keep us from getting there tonight.
Tomorrow (Friday): Sun returns tomorrow, with just a few clouds here and there and maybe even a few midday sprinkles. It's going to be a bit blustery as well as low pressure continues to swipe New England. Winds sustained around 15-20 mph during the day with gusts near or past 30. Mid-to-upper 60s should do it for highs most spots.
Tropics: Tropical Storm Paula, downgraded from a hurricane this morning, continues to meander around the northwest Cuba coast. A slow eastward movement is expected through the next day or so while the storm continues to weaken. The environment is currently quite unfavorable as upper-level winds rip the storm apart and it begins to interact with land. Heavy rain is still a threat, primarily for Cuba, and some has made it into south Florida. The official forecast calls for it to be a remnant low drifting south of Cuba within the next 3 days. Another system may form in the Caribbean by next week.
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