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Update at 9:00 p.m.: Some wintry precipitation — mostly in the form of sleet — is falling in the western suburbs as the rain approaches. Snow could mix in at the higher elevations, where a winter weather advisory has been issued for parts of the Blue Ridge.

Farther east in the near western suburbs and the Beltway, mostly rain is expected, though it’s possible that some sleet could mix in. Sleet has been reported as far east as Manassas, Va., as of 9 p.m.

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Rain is moving into our far western suburbs. So far it’s only been light showers, though models suggest the rain could become heavier in the evening hours over D.C., so grab the umbrella on the way out the door. Friday is expected to be similarly dismal and grey.

Through Tonight: Showers are moving into the region from the west, pushing into the far western suburbs. Rain could begin around the Beltway around 6 or 7 p.m. Rain could be moderately heavy at times. Showers become more scattered through the night, though the chance of rain lingers into Friday morning. Lows in the mid to upper 30s in the city, and the low to mid-30s in the cooler suburbs.

Tomorrow (Friday): The potential for scattered showers continues through Friday morning, though chances of persistent rain increase in the afternoon, particularly in our northern suburbs. Skies are overcast. High temperatures peak in the mid to upper 40s, with light winds out of the east and southeast.

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A glimpse of a sunset on Wednesday. (Momo Couture via Facebook)

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