* Wind advisory through 7 p.m. for much of region *
2:30 p.m. update: We are seeing many reports of sleet mixing in with the rain in our colder suburbs in Loudoun and Montgomery counties, and a few reports in Fairfax and northern Prince William counties. Temperatures in these areas are in the mid-to-upper 30s and should stay above freezing while steady precipitation continues to fall (over the next couple of hours). We are not expecting widespread icy conditions but use caution in case a slick spot or two develops.
TODAY’S DAILY DIGIT
A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.
2/10: High winds and heavy rain. Not my way to start the week.
Today: Rainy and windy. Highs: 45-50.
Tonight: A few showers, breezy. Lows: 37-41.
Tomorrow: Variably cloudy, breezy. Highs: Near 50.
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FORECAST IN DETAIL
A powerful Nor’easter soaks us with rain and smacks us with strong winds to kick off the week. The clearing process starts Tuesday and we may be precipitation-free the rest of the week. Temperatures hit their high point on Wednesday, when we flirt with 60. But then we cool back down to normal late January levels by Friday and the weekend.
Today (Monday): Today is a windy washout — especially this morning through around mid-afternoon. Allow some extra time to get where you’re going as the rain may be heavy at times. Winds are sustained at 15 to 25 mph, with some gusts over 40 mph not out of the question. Umbrellas may not be of much use. Late in the afternoon, the steady rain becomes more showery and winds let up slightly, but still remain gusty. Total rainfall amounts of 1 to 1.5 inches are possible. Temperatures hold mostly in the 40s to near 50. Confidence: Medium-High
Tonight: Some intermittent showers are a good bet, especially before midnight. It is breezy and cool as lows dip into the upper 30s to near 40. Confidence: Medium-High
Tomorrow (Tuesday): Locations east of the Beltway could see a lingering early morning shower. The rest of the region sees cloudy skies transition to a mix of clouds and sun. It’s on the windy side (gusts to 25 to 30 mph), with highs near 50. Confidence: Medium-High
Tomorrow night: Winds let up and skies partially clear, but it’s slightly colder. Lows range from the low 30s in our colder areas to the upper 30s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High
A LOOK AHEAD
Wednesday is the pick of the week as sunshine and breezes from the southwest push temperatures up to near 60 during the afternoon. A cold front will come through at night with some clouds and perhaps a sprinkle, as temperatures settle back to near 40. Confidence: Medium
Winds come in from the northwest and north between Thursday and Sunday and it gradually feels more winter-like. Highs fall from near 50 on Thursday to the mid-40s on Friday and then to near 40 over the weekend. Overnight lows fall from the 30s Thursday night into the 20s Friday night and Saturday night. Sky cover is generally partly cloudy. Confidence: Medium