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Posted at 4:10 PM ET, 03/11/2011

PM Update: Saturday trends milder

By Jason Samenow

Considerable clouds and a gusty breeze from the northwest have made for a chilly early March-like day. Highs have fallen short of 50 for the most part. After a chilly a Friday night, a somewhat milder regime settles in for Saturday pushing temperatures about 5-10 degrees above today's levels.

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Through Tonight: An evening shower (between 5 and 10 p.m.) is not out of the question (20% chance), especially in the northern and western suburbs. Later at night, clouds decrease some with seasonably cold overnight lows which range from near 30 in the colder suburbs to the mid-to-upper 30s downtown.

Tomorrow (Saturday): We'll have a mix of sun and clouds with probably more sun in the morning and more clouds in the afternoon as a weak system passes by to our northwest. With winds from the west instead of the north and northwest, it's milder, with highs reaching the upper 50s to low 60s.

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Yesterday's rainfall totals: Around the metro region - rainfall totals from generally ranged from 1.5-3" - which was consistent with what was forecast. The heaviest amounts occurred north and northeast of town in Howard and Baltimore counties, where 2-4 inches were recorded. The National Weather Service has a nice aggregation of regional totals.

By Jason Samenow  | March 11, 2011; 4:10 PM ET
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Rain totals are interesting, but is the time of measurement accurate? Alexandria was measured at 6 PM, and it poured buckets and buckets (so loud on the roof, you had to speak up to be heard) from about 6:30-10:30 at my house last night. I would bet we got at least an inch in that time period.

Posted by: egengle | March 11, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse


You're right. Any pre-midnight totals may be low, but most of them were reported this morning -- so I think the 1.5-3" range is about right for most spots.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | March 11, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for posting that NWS link. It's always interesting to see the different totals across the region. I got about 1.5" which was the same as DCA (arlington). I only went by a glass jar measurement, though. Need to replace my rain gauge that cracked during a freeze this past winter.

Posted by: jojo2008 | March 11, 2011 7:17 PM | Report abuse

2.5" in the bucket out here in the Blue Ridge east of Front Royal

Posted by: spgass1 | March 11, 2011 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Note: You have to click on Version 3 to get the NWS rain totals

Posted by: spgass1 | March 11, 2011 9:26 PM | Report abuse

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