From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Weather Forecast: Hurricane Sandy heading towards D.C. area

October 26, 2012 - 11:20 AM
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Clouds can be expected today with some sunshine by late this afternoon. Watch out for Sandy late Sunday through Wednesday of next week.

This Afternoon: Mostly Cloudy

Highs: Upper 60s | Wind: E 3-5 m.p.h.

Tonight: Mostly Cloudy and Mild

Lows: 50s | Wind: E 3-5 m.p.h.

Saturday: Mostly Cloudy

Highs: Upper 60s | Wind: NE 5-10 m.p.h.

An area of high pressure to the northeast has kept an easterly flow across the region today making for more clouds and cooler temperatures. Highs today will only approach the 60 degree mark. Expect mostly cloudy skies tonight with lows in the 50s. Saturday isn’t looking too bad to start off the weekend with highs in the upper 60s to near 70 degrees under mostly cloudy skies.

Changes are in store for Sunday as Hurricane Sandy continues to approach the region. The storm is expected to move up the east coast bringing with it gusty winds around 10-20 mph with some gusts to 30 mph on Sunday and a few showers. As the storm gets closer Monday, winds should pick up and rain will become heavier and more widespread. At this time, the storm is expected to making landfall sometime late Monday night into early Tuesday morning somewhere along the Delmarva or New Jersey coastline. It is a little too early to tell exactly where it will come ashore, but regardless, the D.C. area will be in for a high impact event with damaging winds, heavy rain and flooding appear likely, and numerous power outages will be possible. The storm should begin to weaken and move to the north Wednesday and conditions should vastly improve by next Thursday.

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