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Posted at 3:30 PM ET, 11/ 3/2010

PM Update: Clouds for now, rain comes later

By Ian Livingston

Wet and chilly on Thursday

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Morning sun has given way to increasing and lowering clouds this afternoon as the first effects of tomorrow's rain producer are felt across the area. Highs have reached the low-and-mid 50s, with a light south wind making up for lack of afternoon sun by transporting in slightly warmer air. Low pressure beginning to gather to our south will send rain this way late tonight, but the evening looks to go off without a hitch.

Radar & lightning: Latest regional 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: We'll see veiled sun and some breaks in the clouds through sunset - overall, turning cloudier with temperatures falling through the 50s and into the 40s. Some showers should start breaking out around midnight, but the bulk of the rain comes in the pre-dawn hours through the morning. Lows range from near 40 to the mid-40s.

Tomorrow (Thursday): There's a pretty high risk for periods of moderate rain during the commute and then lasting 'til around early afternoon. The second half of the day features either scattered showers (especially west) or a second round of moisture riding north (especially east). Plenty of clouds and rain hold temperatures back, with highs in the upper 40s and lower 50s.

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Liftoff? Space Shuttle Discovery is scheduled to take its final flight to space tomorrow, if the weather (and electrical issues) cooperate. Forecasters at NASA now say there is an 80 percent chance weather will nix the launch. See Cape Caneveral, Fl. weather.

By Ian Livingston  | November 3, 2010; 3:30 PM ET
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I just looked at the Astronomy for next monday's sunrise/sunset after Daylight Saving Time ends... you won't like what I found :)
Sunrise 6:42 AM EST & Sunset 5:00 PM EST
ack! Dark at 5pm or before.. begins next week. *grumble*

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | November 3, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

yup, it's SAD season again. Not my favorite time of year.

Personally, I'd prefer a super late sunrise over an early sunset. This Saturday, DC will see the sun rise at 7:41 am, which is still not *that* late, all things considered.

The last time DC saw the sun rise at this time was on March 1, 1975, shortly after DST began on Feb 23 during the height of the energy crisis. DC's latest ever sunrise (at 8:27 am!) occurred on January 6, 1974, when DST was enacted right after New Year's.

Posted by: meteorolinguist | November 3, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Centreville VA rain started up a little earlier than predicted.
It's going to be a raw morning.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | November 3, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

The rain came in several hours earlier than expected, no question. I left the Kennedy Center at 10:00 p.m. and was surprised to see it already raining.

@Meteorolinguist, I was living in Morgantown in Jan. 1974 and it was still pitch black at 8 a.m., because of DST.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | November 3, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

It's this raw, gloomy weather [even during the summer when it stays cloudy!], not time of sunrise/sunset, that can give me SAD...don't like having to have the lights on at midday.

Rain has started here already, but at least I now have the heat on and only one more trip to Ballston left this week.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | November 3, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Personally I don't like this extended DST...too darned much darkness in the morning!

I'd much rather have earlier sunsets than sunrises after 6 AM!

Posted by: Bombo47jea | November 3, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm also unhappy about these much-unneeded extended raw spells--could we get a few more sixty-degree days at least until Thanksgiving???

Posted by: Bombo47jea | November 3, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

speaking of SAD, from the first paragraph of Moby Dick: "whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul"

I thought that an appropriate quote for today.

Posted by: hawknt | November 4, 2010 5:43 AM | Report abuse

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