PM Update: Showers off and on through the night; cool and damp Tuesday

Another chilled October day is coming to a close, and we’re set to cap it off with an increased shower threat. Highs that have ranged from near 50 to the mid-50s are about as cold as you’ll see this time of year -- for instance, D.C.’s record low maximum temperature for the day is 54 in 1910 (we’ve hit at least that today). The good news is clouds will keep temperatures from really plummeting tonight, though showers will ensure it’s rather raw.

Through Tonight: Showers are likely heading into evening and overnight. By and large and rain that falls is quite light, though periods of moderate activity are possible. The focus may remain to the north and west for a while, though that band should eventually sweep east through the area. Lows range from near 40 to the mid-40s. Winds are generally around 10 mph from the north.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): The warm-up remains delayed, thanks to clouds, a northeast wind, and perhaps some off and on showers or sprinkles. The most consistent wet weather should be done early (by or before sunrise?), but there are hints we’ll get stuck with a damp day overall. Not the type of rain that means much, just a mood setter. Highs should reach the mid-50s to near 60. I’ll be hoping for a hint of sun!

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Snow: With all this cold air around, it’s perhaps not much surprise the highest elevations of the region are seeing snow for the first time this season. Snowshoe, WV has a nice video of flakes falling earlier today. Also, the Dolly Sods webcam up in the WV high country has also featured some snow falling from time to time. Just an inch or so is expected at the highest elevations.

Ian Livingston is a forecaster/photographer and information lead for the Capital Weather Gang. By day, Ian is a defense and national security researcher at a D.C. think tank.

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