It was a seasonable and fairly pleasant one out there today. Whenever winds are light, it tends to make a big difference. Other than filtered sunshine and a few extended peeks of rays, clouds are winning out. That’s a sign of what’s to come in the days ahead. Remember, we’ve gotta kill off the drought!
Through Tonight: We stay dry through the night, but don’t expect much in the way of clear skies. Breaks become less common with time as lows reach the mid-30s to near 40. Winds are out of the south around 5 mph.
View the current weather conditions at The Washington Post.
Tomorrow (Saturday): The onset of rain may be a little slower than earlier expectations, but not much. We should see showers expanding across the area by late morning or midday. Most of the stuff that falls during the day is rather light and perhaps somewhat scattered. It’s an increasingly mild air mass, with temperatures near and past 50 for highs. Intensity and coverage should pick up heading into and through the evening, however. Moderate to occasionally heavy rain is likely Saturday night as temperatures stay fairly steady near 50.
Sunday: Once we get past the morning, rain should taper a bit, but we may have seen widespread 1 to 2 inch totals at that point. Even if things taper, it may not end up totally dry, but there will be much less of the heavier stuff. We’re in a warm flow at this point, so temperatures near or above 60 are possible! Another batch of steadier rain could approach by evening, and that risk lasts into the night, maybe into Monday.
NWS turns 148: And it still looks so young!
It was 148 years ago today, on February 9, 1870, that the National Weather Service was "born" when President Ulysses S. Grant signed a joint resolution of Congress authorizing the secretary of war to establish a weather service under the U.S. Army Signal Service. #NWShistory pic.twitter.com/QQRlUtqtRW
— Louis Uccellini (@NWSDirector) February 9, 2018
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