PM Update: Milder Friday, but showery; storm batters Canadian Maritimes

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For the first time since last Sunday, we crossed the elusive 50-degree barrier in Washington, D.C.  But, just as it starts to get warmer, it gets wet.  The mercury makes a run at 60 Friday, but rain showers are likely.

Through Tonight: Increasing clouds overnight and not nearly as cold as it has been recently.  Lows range from the mid-30s in our colder suburbs to around 40 downtown. A light breeze from the south at around 10.

Tomorrow (Friday): Cloudy when you get up and head out with rain probably holding off until after the morning commute.  However, it could begin in western areas (Loudoun and Frederick County) by around 8 or 9 a.m.  In most spots, the rain moves in between 9 a.m. and noon and exits by mid-afternoon.  Skies may brighten a bit thereafter, with highs near 60.  Winds are from the south at 10-15 mph, sometimes gusting to 25 mph or so.

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Moon, Venus, and the Sun this morning (Joseph Gruber via Flickr)

Moon, Venus, and the Sun this morning (Joseph Gruber via Flickr)

Pollen report from the U.S. Army Centralized Allergen Extract Lab: “Our early pollinating trees are struggling to release their pollen load.  The elm and area maple flowers are out and are noticeable, just not ready yet with the very cold temps to start generating some action. The tree count is MODERATE at 20.13 grains/cubic meter. ”

Blizzard hammers Canadian Maritimes: After raking Nantucket with wind gusts to 82 mph and 10 inches of snow, the massive East Coast storm crashed into the shores of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland.  Via Jesse Ferrell at AccuWeather, here are some of the peak gusts reached in Nova Scotia:

Buoy #44027: 119 mph*
Grand Etang, NS: 107 mph*
Brier Island, NS: 88 mph
Baccaro Point, NS: 85 mph
Beaver Island, NS: 83 mph

Snowfall totals, in some areas, exceeded 50 centimeters (18 inches).

Here are a couple photos:

Finally, watch the storm literally knock down Canadian TV reporters during their live shot, via Mashable’s Andrew Freedman: Blizzard Reserves Full Fury for Canadian Meteorologists During Live Report

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