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Posted at 3:30 PM ET, 03/ 4/2011

PM Update: Mild Saturday before rain

By Dan Stillman

Highs were about 10 degrees warmer today than yesterday and there was plenty of sun as well. But if you're a warm-weather fan, today's warm-up to near 50 was far less satisfying than other recent warm-ups to near 60 and 70. We should see the mercury closer to or past the 60-degree mark tomorrow despite increasing clouds, before rain becomes increasingly likely by tomorrow night or Sunday.

Temperatures: Latest D.C. area temperature map powered by iMapWeather (base map by Google). Click and hold on map to pan. Double-click to zoom. Refresh page to update. See larger map on our Weather Wall.

Through Tonight: The insulating effect of gradually increasing clouds, plus warm (but light) breezes from the south, keep temperatures from making too deep of a dive. After evening readings fall through the 40s, most spots should see lows in the upper 30s to near 40. A warm front could squeeze out an isolated brief shower during the evening or overnight.

Tomorrow (Saturday): Our approaching storm may stay far enough west to allow periods of sun, with overcast skies eventually winning out by afternoon or evening. A mild flow from the south - winds increase to 10-20 mph by afternoon - should push highs at least to near 60 if not a little higher. Rain chances likely hold off until tomorrow night, and even then it's just a chance before rain becomes close to a sure bet sometime Sunday.

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OPM updates weather policy: It hasn't been the easiest of winters for the Office of Personnel Management, which decides if and when to let federal workers arrive late, leave early, or stay home altogether in the event of inclement weather. The Federal Eye blog details updates to the federal government's weather closings policy, which may be of interest to the many government workers who got caught in January's Commutageddon snowstorm.

By Dan Stillman  | March 4, 2011; 3:30 PM ET
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This weather is the pits! I want the 70s back. :o(

Posted by: ThinkWarm | March 4, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I see that there is still huge disagreement amongst the models regarding precip amounts on Sunday:

The 18z GFS shows the low right off the coast at 54 hrs - - maybe 1.5" of rain?

Then, the 18z NAM model only shows .2 -.5" of rain, with a HUGE precip jackpot just west of us:

CWG, why are the models in such disagreement; this is a rain event after all!


btw, sunset is now 6:04 pm! By month's end, it will be 6:30 pm! On May 1st, it'll be 8 o'clock.

Posted by: BobMiller2 | March 4, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

By months end it will be 7:30! Don't forget daylight saving time!

Posted by: megamuphen | March 4, 2011 7:03 PM | Report abuse


oh, thanks for catching that! I completely forgot about daylight saving time!

Posted by: BobMiller2 | March 4, 2011 7:29 PM | Report abuse

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