From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Forecast: Quiet Today Heavy Rain and Wind Ahead

October 27, 2012 - 12:31 PM
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Saturday, Sandy was again upgraded to hurricane and remains a major threat to the East Coast.

This Afternoon: High Clouds and Sun

Highs: 66-71 | Wind: Light

Sunday: Cloudy, AM Showers, Increasing Rain and Wind PM

Highs: 55-60 | Wind: N 10-20 by afternoon

Monday: Heavy Rain and Wind 2-4" rain

Highs: 49-54 | Wind: N-NW 20-40 mph

Here is the latest track for Hurricane Sandy from the NWS tropical prediction center.


  Sandy has become a Category 1 hurricane once again.  Over the next 24 hours, she will continue to move well offshore. But late Sunday, as it interacts with a strong upper level wave moving in from the west, Sandy will intensify and be drawn to the northwest. The storm is likely to make landfall from the Delaware coast north to the New Jersey coast.  It is very likely (70 percent chance) that the storm will pass north of the D.C. area.  This means our winds will increase from the northeast then north then northwest as we go through Sunday into Monday afternoon.  A good time to take a look at trees and any branches that may need attention on the north side of your house.  Most damage is likely to come from debris, branches and trees falling north to south.  We will see heavy rain moving in late Sunday into Monday.  Here is the latest total rain outlook.


Two to five inches of rain over 36 hours may cause some local flooding, but it does not look like widespread flooding right now.  Use today to continue preparations for a big storm, but the strongest and most damaging part of Sandy right now is likely (70 percent chance) to pass to the north of the D.C. area.  Right now, D.C. does have a 50 percent chance of getting 40mph winds on Monday.  More updates later and follow on Twitter @BobRyanABC7 and local flood warning come out immediately @StormWatch7


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