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PM Update: Yes, rain is in the forecast for Wednesday

We’ve only received 0.16” of rain all April and are nearing a 5” deficit on the year. But tomorrow we have the opportunity to maybe double April’s total. That’s not a ton of rain by any stretch, but we’ll take what we can get. Not to mention, it will lower pollen counts. The flip side is that you’ll need your jackets (and umbrellas) as temperatures struggle to reach 60.

Through Tonight: It’s dry through the night, although clouds gradually lower and thicken. Lows range from the upper 40s in the cooler suburbs to the lower 50s downtown. Winds are from the north at 5-10 mph.

Wednesday: Pockets of light rain and drizzle likely (60% chance) develop as the day wears on. The clouds and rain along with a cool breeze from the north (5-10 mph) allow little give in temperatures, with highs only around 60. Rainfall potential is 0.05-0.2”, with the highest totals south and west.

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.

Pollen: Trees are HIGH to VERY HIGH at 1637 grains/cubic meter (yesterday’s count: 1227) thanks to lack of rain and dry air. Grass pollen is MODERATE to HIGH at 6 grains/cubic meter.

Cool NASA satellite video of Saturday’s tornado outbreak: NASA captured satellite imagery where you can actually see the supercell thunderstorms rotating Saturday - it’s pretty amazing. Watch it here.

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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