PM Update: Periodic showers into the night, mostly sunny and breezy Tuesday


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With highs now into the mid-60s on average, today’s rainy 40s and 50s certainly felt raw. The commute home promises to be slow even if rain diminishes, and we don’t fully kick this storm until late overnight. Once tomorrow dawns, the reward for putting up with today is more springtime sun.

Through Tonight: While we’re sitting in the broader dry slot of the storm out to our west, patches of showers like the one that is now moving east and north of us may continue to form through much of the night. If I had to guess: we’ve got less time with consistent rain than without, but it’s likely at times through the hours after midnight. Some drizzle too, no major drying. Lows reach the 40-49 range or so.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): Clouds should be largely departing by sunrise, but if not we head toward mostly sunny shortly thereafter. Highs make a run for the near 60 to mid-60s range under all that sun! The main negative of the day is wind, but it’s spring so we’re kinda used to it. Winds peak out of the northwest during the midday as high as 20 mph sustained, which means gusts past 30 mph are a good bet.

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Column reflection. (Kevin Wolf via Flickr)

Column reflection. (Kevin Wolf via Flickr)

Rain totals thus far: For a (mostly) all day rain, the totals have not been too huge across the area through this afternoon. As of 4 p.m., the airport rain numbers are as follows: Reagan National, 0.32″; Dulles, 0.34″; and BWI, 0.14″. About another 0.15″-0.30″ is possible before the storm winds down — perhaps less, particularly southwest of town.

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