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PM Update: A rainy PM commute; Wednesday is breezy, mild

A wind-swept, cold rain made for a nasty afternoon. The nasty afternoon transitions into an ugly evening but Wednesday’s outlook is the silver lining: at least partial sunshine returns and temperatures bounce back well into the 50s. It’s not a flawless forecast though, with breezy conditions and a small chance of an isolated shower.

Through Tonight: Less than pleasant conditions for the commute home: light to moderate rain through this evening combines with a steady wind from the east around 15 mph. Rainfall totals should be around 0.5-1 inch... not enough for flooding, hence the taking down of the flood watch by the National Weather Service.

Rain should taper off between 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. from south to north. Then we have partial clearing, with steady temperatures near 40.

Wednesday: A brief entry of winds from the southwest (at 10-15 mph) offer a touch of spring-like temperatures, with highs climbing into the mid-to-upper 50s (60 is possible just south of town). But with some cooler air coming in at high altitudes, we’ll have variable cloud cover and can’t rule out a shower (20 percent chance), especially in the afternoon.

See Matt Rogers’ forecast through the weekend. And if you haven’t already, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock.

Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.


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