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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/31/2012

D.C. area forecast: Halloween is a ‘go’ in the wake of Sandy

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Today: Mostly cloudy and cool. 20% chance of a shower. Low-to-mid 50s. | Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy. Upper 30s to low 40s. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly cloudy. 20% chance of a shower. Mid-50s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


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Cloudy 50s are still on the cool side as many head back to work or school. But an adequate Halloween all things considered. Get the Digit on Twitter | Discuss on Facebook


A few days ago many Washingtonians wondered what would become of Halloween in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Well, Sandy has come and gone, and despite doing plenty of damage to the area and an ongoing risk of river flooding, it could’ve been much worse. So while much of the Northeast Corridor is in the midst of clean-up and recovery that will take weeks, if not months, power outages here are on their way down, and trick-or-treating is a go in D.C. and vicinity. Just make sure your costume or your kid’s is a warm one.

Temperatures: Latest D.C. area temperature map. See interactive map on our Weather Wall.

Today (Wednesday): The low-pressure center of what was once Hurricane Sandy heads north into Canada today. But that’s still close enough to give us mostly cloudy skies and a 20% chance of a light shower or two. Breezes from the southwest shouldn’t be more than 10-15 mph and highs improve a bit from yesterday, into the low-to-mid 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Clouds probably persist quite a bit tonight - we’ll call it partly to mostly cloudy - but shower chances should be slim. Trick-or-treaters need to bundle up for evening temperatures dropping into the 40s, and should be careful not to slip on wet leaves still scattered about. Overnight lows dip to the upper 30s to low 40s. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Thursday): Believe it or not, come Thursday we’re still on the southern fringe of the circulation associated with the system formerly known as Sandy. So that means continued partly to mostly cloudy skies with a 20% chance of a shower. Temperatures still struggle below normal, with highs in the mid-50s and a breeze from the west at 10-15 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: By Thursday night I think we’ll be completely rid of any rain chance, leaving us with partly cloudy skies and lows in the upper 30s to low 40s. Confidence: Medium-High


Finally, a welcome change for Friday into Sunday. High pressure builds in and turns skies partly sunny. Temperatures don’t warm up all that much - highs mainly in the 50s - but feel fairly nice with the increased sunshine. If our next weather system approaches fast enough from the west, then we may see a chance of showers return late Sunday. Lows Friday and Saturday night drop back to the upper 30s to low 40s. Confidence: Medium

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