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D.C. area forecast: Showers arrive late today in advance of major cold front

Today’s Daily Digit

A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 1 to 10.

Can’t fail a day with highs close to 70 even with clouds and late day shower threats!

Express Forecast

Today: Partial sunshine. Evening showers.  Highs: 66-69.

Tonight: Showers. Lows: 44-49.

Tomorrow: Colder, morning showers. Highs: 55-59.


We’re on the edge of the “frontal cliff” now as temperatures take a big nosedive after a strong cold front sweeps through tonight.  While we have more clouds than sun today, we should enjoy this last round of relatively warm weather before showers invade toward evening, become more frequent overnight, and are then overtaken tomorrow by chillier winds.  We’re looking at highs only in the 50s starting tomorrow with many areas seeing lows dip into the 30s tomorrow night right on into the weekend.  Only minor moderation in temperatures is expected by perhaps Sunday.

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Today (Tuesday): Partly to mostly cloudy today as highs move up into the comfortable middle to upper 60s around the area.  We have a better chance to see a little sunshine at times in the morning than in the afternoon when more clouds along with a 30% risk of a shower show up.  I think most areas stay dry during the day.  Winds are from the west at 5 to 10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Showers are likely (80%) and most commonly expected from late evening into the overnight hours.  Lows drop into the middle to upper 40s with breezes from the north around 5 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock. Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend…

Tomorrow (Wednesday):  Morning showers should fade after the rush hour with event totals ranging from just .05″ to possibly .25″ in some spots.  A cloudy morning gives way to a sunnier afternoon, but humidity (dew points) drops dramatically as winds pick up quite a bit.  Look for speeds up to 15-20 mph with gusts to 25.  That will make afternoon temperatures in the 50s feel like the 40s instead.  Keep the coats handy.  Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night:  Partly cloudy as winds settle to only around 5 mph from the northwest as our temperatures drop quite a bit further down to the middle 30s in the outer suburbs to the low 40s in the city.  It should be the coolest morning of the season up to this point with scattered frost issues again in the outer suburbs. Confidence: Medium


Thursday and Friday find us under the influence of a modified early season Polar air mass.  Despite variable skies with some intermittent sunshine, highs are only in the 50s with lows Thursday and Friday nights mostly in the 30s to around 40 right in the city. A sprinkle is possible later Thursday or Thursday night that could even be a snow flurry well out to the north and west.  Confidence: Medium

The weekend may see some slow moderation in temperatures, but Saturday still looks partly sunny with highs only in the cool middle to upper 50s.  Saturday night should be dry with lows ranging through the 30s to around 40 again.  Sunday is a tad warmer with a few more clouds possible as highs edge up toward the upper 50s to maybe low 60s instead. Confidence: Medium

Matt Rogers is a meteorologist and a Petworth resident. He is president and co-founder of Commodity Weather Group in Bethesda, Md., which focuses on weather risks for the energy and agriculture sectors. Like most meteorologists, his passion for weather started extremely early in life and has never let go.
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