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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/27/2011

Forecast: Rain today, but dry balance of week

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Today: Rain developing this a.m., heavy this p.m. 44-49. | Tonight: Evening showers. 33-38. | Tomorrow: Sunny, windy, colder. 42-46.| Get Express Forecast by E-mail


Christmas is in the rearview mirror, and we still don’t have any snow to talk about except our fluke event way back in October. We’re in a weather pattern right now where it warms up just in time for each storm system. Today’s forty-plus temperatures coincide with another round of widespread rain that could be moderate to heavy at times this afternoon. When the rain departs (tonight), the cold returns. Tomorrow sees wind chills in the 30s with gusty winds. Drier and gradually warmer weather come back for the start of the New Year’s weekend, but more rain may lurk later on New Year's Day.

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Today (Tuesday): Low pressure from the South brings warmer temperatures, cloud cover, and then rain that should start between mid-morning and early afternoon (southwest to northeast). Rain could be moderate-to-heavy at times this afternoon with daytime rainfall totals in the range of 0.5-1”(heaviest amounts probably west of the District). Highs are in the mid-to-upper 40s with winds from the south at 5-10 mph. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Evening showers fade away to partially clearing skies and slowly cooling temperatures. Lows range from the low-to-mid 30s in the outer suburbs to the upper 30s in the city. Winds are from the west at 10-15 mph. Confidence: Medium

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Wednesday): High pressure dominates, but it also arrives with colder, blustery air. Winds from the west and northwest at 15-25 mph could occasionally gust higher. Peak temperatures in the low-to-mid 40s frequently feel like 30s instead. Partly to mostly sunny skies. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Winds settle down under partly cloudy skies. With high pressure nearby, low temperatures should fall into the 20s throughout the area, but low 20s are more likely in the outer suburbs (mid-to-upper 20s in the city). Confidence: Medium


Thursday manages partly to mostly sunny skies with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Much less wind allows it to really feel like the 40s too (unlike Wednesday). Thursday night offers partly to mostly cloudy skies with not as cold temperatures ranging from the mid-to-upper 20s in the outer suburbs to low-to-mid 30s in the city. Confidence: Medium

Friday features partly cloudy skies with warmer temperatures that reach into the low-to-mid 50s (about ten degrees above normal). Friday night finds partly cloudy skies with lows in the upper 30s to low 40s. Confidence: Medium

The New Year’s weekend looks mixed currently with a few different weather systems affecting our area. A warm front lifts through on Saturday, offering mostly cloudy conditions and maybe a sprinkle. Those clouds hold high temperatures in the upper 40s to around 50. Partly cloudy skies New Year’s Eve with lows in the low-to-mid 30s. The first day of 2012 is partly sunny and warmer-than-normal as highs reach into the low-to-mid 50s ahead of a cold front. Clouds and maybe some rain showers may arrive late Sunday into Sunday evening. Confidence: Low-Medium.

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