Light but steady rain and drizzle fell on the Washington area for the third day in a row yesterday, and forecasters said there will be more of the same until Friday, when the skies are expected to clear and let in a little sunshine.

Some minor problems were attributed to the wet weather. A small section of roadway in the 3500 block of New York Avenue NE was washed out about 10 p.m. last night, causing flat tires on six cars and minor accidents, according to a D.C. Fire Department spokesman.

But despite the days-long rainfall, there were no other reports of flooding or street closings.

"It's not heavy enough for flooding, maybe just a little ponding on the streets," said Jim Wiesmueller, a forecaster for the National Weather Service. Today's weather, he said, "looks wet and cloudy."

National Airport had received about a half-inch of rain for the day as of 8 p.m., and about a quarter of an inch had fallen at Dulles International Airport during the same period. Wiesmueller said the area around Waldorf got the most rain yesterday, more than an inch.

The temperature at National yesterday reached only 71 degrees, a level more typical of October than August.

But the coolness may be short-lived. "By Friday, we should start to come out of it, with more breaks in the clouds and some sunshine," Wiesmueller said.

There is still a chance of showers and thunderstorms late Friday and during the weekend, Wiesmueller said, "but not the heavy, overcast skies and steady rain like we've been having."