From the ABC 7 Weather team

Heavy rain possible in D.C. next week

September 14, 2012 - 11:20 AM
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After a gorgeous stretch of dry weather, rain looks to return to the region early next week.

After the past 5 days with complete sunshine and cool temperatures, clouds have finally streamed back into the area today ahead of a cold front. Oddly enough, the past 5 days have been below average at Reagan National Airport. There hasn't been a stretch of 5 days below average since June 3rd through the 7th! That's over 2 months!

As a cold front will move into D.C. overnight, the area will see some rain right? Not exactly.. Typically the D.C. area will see some rain when cold fronts pass overhead, but this one may actually be a dry front as it is a very moisture starved system. Most won't really care about this as long as the weekend is nice, but heavier rain will be back by early next week.

HPC 4-5 Day Precipitation Outlook

Above is the 4 to 5 day quantitative precipitation forecast (QPF) outlook from the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center (yea we just call it HPC). Meteorology can be wordy can't it?? Check out the heavy swath of moisture forecast from the Gulf Coast to the Northeast. Our area should be able to tap into some Gulf moisture with the heaviest threat for rain coming on Tuesday.

As of today's forecast, parts of the D.C. area could receive up to 2 inches or more of rain. We'll be sure to keep you updated on this throughout the weekend and into early next week. Just wanted to give you a heads up so you'll have something to talk about while out on the town this weekend!

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