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Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 04/20/2012

PM Update: Super start to weekend, then chance of drought-denting rain

Partly sunny skies and highs in the low 70s have made for a fantastic Friday. The evening looks to be a nice one, too, and the first half of Saturday should be fairly nice as well. From an outdoor plans perspective, the weather goes downhill Saturday afternoon through Sunday with the potential for a good deal of rain and increasing winds. But that's good news for thirsty lawns and the overall drought situation.

Through Tonight: No weather problems this evening or overnight. In fact, it’s a great night to be out with party cloudy skies, evening readings in the 60s, and overnight lows in the mid-50s to near 60.

The weekend: Partly sunny skies Saturday morning give way to increasingly cloudy afternoon skies, but not before highs reach the mid-70s to low 80s. A cold front brings a 60-70% chance of showers and possibly gusty thunderstorms mid-afternoon into Saturday night. Sunday shapes up as a cloudy and rainy one, with the heaviest rain likely from late morning into early evening. Highs only in the 50s are further chilled by increasing winds, gusting over 30 mph later in the day. Total weekend rainfall could approach or exceed 1”, though there’s still quite a bit of uncertainty as to exactly how much rain we’ll get.

See our earlier post for more about the weekend rain and wind potential, and check out Camden Walker’s forecast into next week. If you haven’t already, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock.

Pollen update: Trees are in the HIGH range at 133.55 gr/cubic meter. Grass pollen is at 4.47 gr/cubic meter which is a more moderate count for our local area.

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