* Freeze warning Saturday night for the cities and Interstate 95 area south and east *

It was a raw day across the region as highs reached the upper 40s and lower 50s. Rain that increased in coverage this afternoon is at its peak late this afternoon into early evening. It’ll be heading away in the near future. Overnight, a cold front delivers a serious shot of wintry air. Saturday and Saturday night, in particular, are going to make you reach for the gear that keeps you warm.

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Through tonight: We’re in the thick of the rain through the early evening hours, but it is moving through fast. The intensity of the rain should gradually ease and eventually finish by mid- to late evening. An end-time window of about 4 to 6 p.m. for areas south and west of Washington should work, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the city, and a bit later to the north and east. A couple more spotty showers can’t be ruled out overnight until the front passes but skies should begin to clear out by the predawn hours. Most spots seem likely to finish with about half an inch to one inch of rain.

View the current weather at The Washington Post.

Tomorrow (Saturday): The biting cold is a rude awakening. Considering how deep into October the warmth remained, this first blast of cold will come as a bit of shock. Daytime temperatures hover near 40 in our colder areas to the mid-40s elsewhere. Winds are whipping out of the northwest, as well, with sustained levels as high as 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon and gusts near 40 mph possible.

Veterans Day: It’s a frozen start but not a bad day. We’re under the control of high pressure, so skies should be sunnier than not. Winds are weaker, as well. It’s definitely the pick of the two days between Saturday and Sunday. High temperatures are mostly in the mid- and upper 40s, which is certainly on the chilly side for a sunny day in the first half of November.

Monday: Since many folks are off for the observance of Veterans Day, this is the rare Monday forecast in PM Update. It’s easy to keep short and sweet, as skies are mostly to partly sunny and highs reach a near-50 to mid-50s zone. Winds are light.

A test installation of the flood-control system downtown in today's rainy weather. (John Sonderman via Flickr)

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