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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 11/18/2010

PM Update: Clearing tonight, sunshine upcoming

By Jason Samenow

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A weak disturbance passing through the region has made for a cloudy afternoon. Temperatures have risen to their seasonal norms in the mid-to-upper 50s. Cloud cover stays with us through the evening commute, and a sprinkle or shower can't entirely be ruled out - especially west of the District.

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: Evening skies are mostly cloudy with a stray sprinkle/shower possible, but skies should begin to clear after midnight. Lows range from the low 30s in the cooler suburbs to the upper 30s downtown.

Tomorrow (Friday): A long sunny stretch commences but it starts off a little chilly. High pressure, which should hold over the region into early next week, delivers a mainly clear day with highs 50-55. Winds are from the west at around 10 mph.

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More on Tuesday night's storms: The Weather Channel's Severe Weather Expert Greg Forbes has a nice post dissecting Tuesday night's/Wednesday morning's severe thunderstorm outbreak. In my discussion of the storms yesterday, I mentioned the time and date of their occurrence was highly unusual in the D.C. metro region. Forbes, whose analysis extended into the Northeast which also experienced severe storms, found the late night storm outbreak was "an unprecedented event in NJ and NY!" and, further south, "quite uncommon." Over at TBD, Alex Liggitt prepped a nice analysis of radar imagery from these storms.

By Jason Samenow  | November 18, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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chilly out there! Did you bundle up? I need another layer, I think, with the windchill factor ;)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | November 18, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

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