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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 11/26/2010

Forecast: Showers start Black Friday, then brisk

By Camden Walker

Chilly weekend ahead, with plenty of wind as well

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Annoying morning showers do end, but falling afternoon temperatures and a stiff breeze make it chilly.
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Today: Morning showers, p.m. clearing. Breezy. Low-to-mid 50s. | Tonight: Chilly and breezy. Upper 20s to lower 30s. | Tomorrow: Sunny, cold and windy. Mid-40s. | Sunday: Sunny, calmer. Mid-to-upper 40s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


I know shopping in the rain sounds like a pain, but showers should be out by midday and they won't be terribly heavy to begin with. Then we deal with afternoon breezes and falling temperatures, which I know aren't fun either. So dress in layers if shopping all day and be prepared for changing weather. After this Arctic cold front passes through, it stays windy through at least Saturday night. On the plus side, we remain clear this weekend. Though, temperatures remain in the below average 40s. Hope you can try to get out and about to work off that turkey!

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Today (Friday): Showers threaten all morning (60-70% chance) as the cold front passes through, but we're not looking at a lot of rain. Showers exit midday and our slight breeze from the south turns into a more distinct 10-15 mph wind from the west. We probably hit highs in the low-and-mid 50s by noon or so, with temperatures falling back afterwards as modified Arctic air moves in. We should see more breaks in the clouds as the afternoon wears on, so hopefully we have a decent sunset. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Mostly clear after sunset but continued breezy. Winds from the west remain in the 10 mph range, with some higher gusts. Downtown may see low temperatures finally threaten the freezing mark, but it remains to be seen if National can get there. Temperatures in the coldest suburbs drop toward the upper 20s though, and it's a cold night all around. Consider that heavy coat or scarf if going out for a while. Brrr. Confidence: Medium-High

When do wind chilled breezes die down? Keep reading for the forecast into next week...

Tomorrow (Saturday): Sunshine! Temperatures are looking chilly though, and we'll have wind too. Readings may struggle to get past the mid-40s, so you might want to grab the jacket and gloves if headed out. Winds probably pick up a bit during the day, sustained around 15-20 mph with gusts near 30 mph. Still, try to get out and work of those leftovers, if you can! (I, for one, need the exercise after Thanksgiving!) Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Fairly similar to Friday night, though a touch colder and less windy. Gusty west winds that may persist into the evening die off overnight. We're left with lows down into the mid-20s in the colder suburbs to near 30 downtown. If National doesn't get its freeze Friday night, this looks like a contender. Confidence: Medium

Sunday: Less wind, but still chilly. Most of us see temperatures in the mid-to-upper 40s. Yet, without a strong pesky breeze like before, it may feel a tad bit "warmer" than Friday afternoon and Saturday. If you are headed to the Redskins game, dress in layers but prepare for another cool day. Otherwise, it should be a calmer, more pleasant one. Confidence: Medium


Sunday night will again be chilly and clear for the most part. Temperatures may bump back up slightly from Saturday night, with upper 20s in most locales outside the Beltway to the lower 30s downtown. If you're traveling home late, at least the greater Washington region will have dry roads for you. I can't promise anything regarding traffic! Confidence: Medium

Monday sees a return to near-average temperatures, ranging from near 50 to maybe the mid-50s. Enjoy yet another day of sunshine, because it looks like it may come to and end as clouds increase overnight, keeping temperatures in the milder 30s to near 40. Confidence: Medium

Tuesday is looking rather cloudy with a risk of rain. Mild temperatures nearing 60 may accompany a decent (40-50%) chance of showers. Have you noticed the last two Tuesdays have also been cloudy with showers? Can we call this a repeating weather pattern? Confidence: Low-Medium

By Camden Walker  | November 26, 2010; 5:00 AM ET
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61 at 6:30am. Since we're already almost 10 degrees higher than the predicted high of the day, how does this change the temp forecast for the rest of the day? Are we looking at a potential 70 degree day, or will it just hold here until it start dropping in the afternoon?

Posted by: debiguity | November 26, 2010 6:35 AM | Report abuse


Temperatures will be mostly steady in the afternoon, then fall late this afternoon into the evening.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | November 26, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

The wind has stripped the last of the leaves from forested hills around Harpers Ferry. Bare trees are not my favorite view. It's looking very "bleak November" now, more winter than fall--which coincides well with the start of meteorological winter. On the plus side, we're going back to nice frosty nights. Enough of this soggy stuff!

Posted by: tinkerbelle | November 26, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

debiguity - just curious of your location? I had 59F at Pepco in Chinatown just after midnight, but since then it looks to have been pretty steady around 52F. But you may be in higher elevations to the SW of DC?

hey tinkerbelle - yeah the leaves are gone, sadly. Even the just-turned-yellow leaves on my street. Had a gust to 27mph this morning. That would do it! Hope you get more of your frost to match those trees. I think I get ya!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | November 26, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Would be nice to have either some mild weather for the remaining crickets...or a snow threat, not more same ol' same ol' blustery, cold wind-chill junk...which is what we seem to be getting the next week or so. Threat map seems to have "heavy precipitation" for Dec. 1/2, but with Channel 9 mets calling for a temp range of "50/32", snow here seems unlikely, just a slug of much-unneeded CRUD. Alas, SAD season is here!

Long-range outlooks seem to have lows tracking well to our north and west...not good for any winter excitement, but great for SAD-inducing crud and nasty wind. Another rather boring start to met winter.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | November 26, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Last big battle with the stinkbugs. I hadn't cleaned the stovepipe since last season (I heat mostly with wood). First I scooped and vacuumed out the stinkbugs from the edges of the firebox. There were none in the stovepipe but probably some up in the chimney near the top.

Fired up the stove, went outside and there was a mixture of wood smoke and strong stinkbug smell. Now just woodsmoke smell outside and a few stinkbugs flying around the LR. After today I just need to remember to brush the stinkbugs off the wood before I bring it in.

Posted by: eric654 | November 26, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Accuweather has snow in the forecast for us ( I'm in Frederick County VA) sometime first week of December- whats your thoughts?

Posted by: mamatrose | November 26, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Looks like I'll b enjoying low 40's & wind in Blacksburg 4 2morrows game against the Hoo's.
Go Hokies.

Posted by: VaTechBob | November 26, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Stinkbugs, gee, haven't seen one for 48 hours. But I know they're hiding out somewhere, waiting to crawl. Hopefully this weekend's cold temperatures freeze will get rid of the ones still left outside.

The Saints-Cowboys game yesterday was great!! I've lost track of the number of Thanksgivings the Cowboys have ruined but they got theirs yesterday. So stuff it, Clint Longley, you turkey!

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | November 26, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Looks like I'll b enjoying low 40's & wind in Blacksburg 4 2morrows game against the Hoo's.
Go Hokies

Posted by: VaTechBob | November 26, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Looks like I'll b enjoying low 40's & wind in Blacksburg 4 2morrows game against the Hoo's.
Go Hokies

Posted by: VaTechBob | November 26, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Dew point at Natinal is down to 20F at 9pm, so maybe this is the night...

Posted by: DontWannaMyPostID | November 26, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

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