From the ABC 7 Weather team

Dry start but rain develops in D.C. mainly this afternoon

April 22, 2011 - 07:34 AM
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Hope you enjoyed Thursday's sunshine because its back to clouds and a pretty good chance or rain by this PM.

Friday: Cooler With Rain Developing Mainly This PM

Highs: Low 50s | Wind: E 10-15

Overnight: Off/On Drizzle

Lows: Mid 40s | Wind: SE 10-15

Saturday: Warmer & Breezy; Hit or Miss Showers

Highs: Low - MId 70s | Wind: S 10-15

A cool and dry start to this Friday however by this afternoon, as a warm front lifts north through the region, rain is expected to develop. Easterly onshore winds will make for a chilly morning with temperatures starting off in the upper 30s to low 40s and only heading into the low 50s this afternoon for highs.

Periods of rain and drizzle will continue off and on during the overnight Friday into Saturday as the front slowly drifts northward. Locations from Frederick County Maryland and especially points west of the Blue Ridge may see higher rainfall totals and have been placed under a Flood Watch though Saturday AM.

The Holiday weekend will feature a noticeable warm up with temperatures back in the low to mid 70s Saturday and around the 80 degree mark for Easter Sunday. Shower activity may linger into Saturday but mainly in the morning hours and closest to the aforementioned frontal boundary. Sunday for the most part will be quiet and pleasant under partly sunny skies however later in the afternoon and evening hours we may have just enough instability to trigger a few isolated shower and storms.

Monday through Wednesday conditions look to stay warm around 80 degrees each day with a mixture of sunshine and clouds. Another stronger front will head our way later in the week providing our next best chance of rain perhaps by as early as Thursday.

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