A cold front is working its way to the D.C. area from the west. You might already be noticing the gusty south winds out ahead of it, as well as an increasing chance of rain as it approaches and passes through. Almost every D.C.-area location should get wet this evening into the overnight. The big story, though, is saying goodbye to fall. It seems winter is about to take up extended residence across the region.

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Through Tonight: Some showers out ahead of the main zone of rain associated with the front have already been moving, especially west and north of the city. The band of consistent rain will spill across the Blue Ridge and into our area this evening. Steadier rain should make it to the Interstate 95 corridor by mid-evening or so, and then it will continue, occasionally moderate, through the hours near or just after midnight. After midnight and behind the front, winds kick up from the northwest around 10 to 20 mph through sunrise, and some gusts near 30 mph are possible. Lows range from the upper 30s to mid-40s.

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Tomorrow (Wednesday): Any clouds that last through sunrise should be on their way out of here quickly. Mostly sunny skies return, but a new air mass tags along for the ride. Temperatures won’t really move much during the day. They could get stuck in the 40s but should try to rise to about 50. Winds are from the northwest, around 10 mph, with higher gusts.


The moon over D.C.’s Wharf a few nights ago. (Clif Burns via Flickr)

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