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Posted at 3:40 PM ET, 11/ 4/2010

PM Update: Raw rains to gradually diminish

By Jason Samenow

Variably cloudy, breezy & cool Friday

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Light to moderate rain has fallen almost continuously today with amounts generally around 0.75". Overcast skies have held temperatures in the upper 40s to low 50s. Steady rains should continue into the late afternoon or early evening.

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Through Tonight: Rains decrease or end from southwest to northeast during the evening commute. But scattered showers remain a possibility through dawn. Temperatures slowly fall back into the low-to-mid 40s.

Tomorrow (Friday): Considerable clouds probably linger through mid-morning with an outside chance of a lingering shower (20-30%). By afternoon, skies are variably cloudy with sunshine emerging at times. Winds from the west and northwest at 10-20 mph keep it chilly, with highs in the mid-50s.

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Snow big deal in Allegany: About 130 miles northwest of D.C., in the mountains of Western Maryland, a few inches of snow just doesn't cause the same ruckus it does in and around Washington. With that in mind, the National Weather Service has now raised the threshold for placing Allegany County, as well as several counties in West Virginia, under a Winter Weather Advisory or Winter Storm Watch. A Winter Weather Advisory now requires a forecast of 3" in 12 hours instead of 2". A Winter Storm Warning now requires at least a 50% chance of 6" in 12 hours instead of 5", or 8" in 24 hours instead of 7". "...this criteria should better fit what constitutes a nuisance and a life threatening event out there," said NWS warning coordination meteorologist Chris Strong in a Maryland Weather Blog story. See here for all watch, warning and advisory definitions (specific to the area covered by the NWS Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office).

By Jason Samenow  | November 4, 2010; 3:40 PM ET
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So far today, 1.25" of rain in N. Stafford.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | November 4, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I could have used this rain back in August.
Now, not so much.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | November 4, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Got 1.4" in Falls Church

Posted by: KPosty | November 4, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Winter Storm Watch posted for Oakland, MD for 3"-5"

If they had a SLCB up there, they could keep it active for much of the winter. (I've seen level, not plowed, snow reaching up the tops of parking meters in Oakland.)

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | November 4, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | November 4, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

I agree with NWS raising threshold on Advisory & Warning criteria for mountainous counties to our west...

I know we could have used this rain earlier, but it is indeed nice to see 1.3" in downtown DC today.. wow! :)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | November 4, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Wow, ski season.. starting soon, eh?

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | November 4, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Got 2" here in S. Arlington this afternoon when I checked my rain gauge.

Posted by: jojo2008 | November 4, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Snowshoe, WV...6 inches due by Saturday...maybe they will open for skiing this weekend!!!

Posted by: Bombo47jea | November 4, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

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