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Posted at 3:50 PM ET, 11/30/2010

PM Update: Heavy rain & wind late, then cold

By Jason Samenow

The passage of a warm front has pushed temperatures into the balmy low 60s this afternoon as we now await a cold front that will tear through the region early tomorrow. Don't expect major weather problems for this evening's commute, but tomorrow morning's is likely another story.


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: Spotty showers and mild temperatures persist through most of the overnight hours. Temperatures probably stay right around where they are now - in the low 60s to near 60. During the pre-dawn hours, heavy showers and thunderstorms approach the western suburbs. Winds from the south increase from 10-20 mph this evening, to 25-35 mph late tonight, with gusts exceeding 40 mph possible.

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Showers and thunderstorms, a few of which may be severe with damaging winds (isolated wind gusts over 60 mph not out of the question), power through the metro region -- mainly between around 5 and 10 a.m. from west to east. An isolated tornado or two cannot be ruled out. Anticipate heavy downpours and wind gusts over 40 mph followed by falling temperatures. Morning high temperatures around 60 fall into the 40s during the afternoon when winds change direction to out of the northwest at 15-20 mph with some higher gusts.

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End of tropical season: Today is the last official day of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season. Yesterday NOAA wrote in a press release: "In the Atlantic Basin a total of 19 named storms formed - tied with 1887 and 1995 for third highest on record. Of those, 12 became hurricanes - tied with 1969 for second highest on record. Five of those reached major hurricane status of Category 3 or higher." It referred to the season as a "gentle giant" since most storms avoided the U.S. coast. Read CWG's recap of the 2010 hurricane season.

By Jason Samenow  | November 30, 2010; 3:50 PM ET
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Comments

It's really warm out there. Open window weather....as long as you stay nearby to slam them shut when the rain rolls in.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | November 30, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Talk about a tease... for some reason my iGoogle page was displaying some old feeds like this one about a growing weekend winter threat.

Posted by: spgass1 | November 30, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

If December is coming in like a lion, hopefully it goes out like a (snow-white) lamb.

Looking forward to CWG's meteorological fall recap to see what other new weather records were set.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | November 30, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

So far, this yr (Jan-Nov) has averaged +2.9 degrees.
Jan-Feb -1.8
March-May +4.6
June-Aug +4.2
Sept-Nov +3.2
Only Feb at 3.9 below average
Last winter, Dec-Feb -1.7

Posted by: VaTechBob | November 30, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Thanks VaTechBob. Hope ya'll are ready for the Tomahawk Chop in Charlotte this weekend (I'm from Florida...)

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | November 30, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

VaTechBob,
depressing winter temp/snow predictions you gave earlier. i'll choose to ignore them.

how'd ya like that hurtin' the hokies put on the poor jason's 'hoos recently!

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | November 30, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Loved the annual Hoo beat down & headed to Charlotte on Fri. Temps in upper 30's this Sat night, hope the fla boys don't freeze to death.
Hope I'm wrong on the winter 4cast, hoping for 50+ inches of snow.

Posted by: VaTechBob | November 30, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Leaving on a flight out of Dulles at 0819 tomorrow morning....

Thoughts?

Should I expect a delay? better to reschedule my connecting flight early, rather than wait until a problem...

Posted by: AndrewRockville | November 30, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

@AndrewRockville

delays seem a decent bet in the a.m. I'm not one to recommend rescheduling flights unless we're talking a major blizzard or hurricane.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | November 30, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

One rumble of "hey, was that thunder?" in Michigan Park ~1 hour ago.

Posted by: kperl | December 1, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

The wind and rain is here!

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | December 1, 2010 3:34 AM | Report abuse

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