From the ABC 7 Weather team

Wednesday weather in D.C. is this week's worst (Rain! Cold!)

May 4, 2011 - 04:29 AM
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If Tuesday was the finest day this week, Wednesday looks to be the worst.

If Tuesday was the finest day this week, Wednesday looks to be the suckiest.

D.C.'s slog into spring's morass continues, with showers expected until early afternoon. Since March 1, the city has been sprayed with nearly an inch more rain than the average amount of 6.7 inches – and that doesn't include the precipitation of the last 24 hours. On the lame side, the latest dousing is joined by an unpleasant plunge in temperature. On the plus, the rain will wash away all those newly emerged caterpillars squished on sidewalks like exploded toothpaste tubes of the foulest possible flavor.

A cold front rolling in from the west has slammed a cap on D.C.'s gusher of warmth. The National Weather Service is warning farmers in the Potomac Highlands that a winter throwback – silent, insidious frost – could kill crops early tomorrow morning, the first day of the mountain growing season. The cold front is responsible for today's cloudy, leaky skies and mercury readings in the high 50s to low 60s. (Graphs/maps/forecasts/weather doohickeys here.) Compare that to Tuesday's high of 82 degrees at Dulles. (Or don't. It is pretty depressing.) A brisk wind will help raindrops loop around umbrellas to pelt clothing. Gusts of up to 25 m.p.h. will do their damnedest to tussle hairdos into formless clumps apparently harboring restless starlings.

The good news? Take a peek at the extended ABC7 forecast. The weather only gets better from here, with a golden ladder of warmer days and a diminished threat of severe weather in the week ahead.

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