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PM Update: Temperatures shoot up tonight, rain increases; breezy, colder, drier Friday PM

We’re no stranger to volatile weather on January 26. But this year’s volatile weather, unlike last year, is more characteristic of spring than winter. Temperature spike to near 60 degrees overnight as showers increase in coverage and intensity. But Friday, in the wake of a dynamic cold front, temperatures reverse course and we gradually dry out.

Through Tonight: It’s cloudy and mild. Temperatures are already over 60 to our south in Fredericksburg, and that mild air streams in here as the warm front punches northward. Early evening showers are mainly limited to areas north of the District, then much of the region catches a break until later tonight. Towards dawn, a more widespread area of showers moves in from the west. Some brief downpours are possible and even some thunder south of town. It’s breezy, with winds from the south at 10-20 mph. A few higher gusts are possible towards morning, especially in any thundershowers.

Friday: Showers are likely during the morning, but end from west to east between 9 a.m. and noon or so. Morning high temperatures near 60 gradually fall back into the low 50s by evening, as skies gradually clear Winds shift from out of the south to out of the west at 15-20 mph, with some gusts over 30. Rainfall totals average around 0.5”, but locally higher amounts are possible.

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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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