From the ABC 7 Weather team

DC Forecast: A cool, rainy, and drizzly start to the weekend before a sunny finish

February 23, 2013 - 11:46 AM
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Look for a mostly cloudy, chilly, and drizzly afternoon with patchy fog and highs only in the low 40s.  Sunday promises to be more pleasant with  sunny skies and highs in the upper 40s.

This Afternoon: Mostly Cloudy, Chilly, Areas of Fog & Drizzle

Highs: 40-44 | Rain: 40% Chance

Tonight: Cloudy, Showers Possible

Lows: 30-36 | Rain: 30% Chance

Sunday: Turning Sunny, Breezy, Milder

Highs: 46-49 | Wind: NW 10-15/G 25 mph

With the thermometer fllrting with the freezing point, a mix of rain and freezing rain complicated some travel this morning.  But with temperatures now well above freezing, all of the earlier Winter Weather Advisories have expired and most of the showers associated with a coastal low are well to our east.  The onshore flow of warmer air will keep most of the DC area in the clouds this afternoon with some lingering fog and drizzle.  But the quick movement of the low to the northeast will make for some late day clearing, especially to the west of the Appalachians.  High temperatures should reach the low 40s here, but could rise to near 50 in the far western regions.

Sunday looks to be a far better day with high pressure and sunshine returning.  After a cloudy start, the winds will turn breezy out of the northwest gusting to 20 mph and highs should top out near 50.  

NOTE: Mother Nature continues to be parsimonious with our precipitation as our seasonal snowfall tally is a mere 1.5", a whopping 11.7" below normal.  WIth just piddling amounts of rain as well - we're already down 1.4" for the year  and got less than one-tenth of an inch this morning  - even the current drizzle is appreciated.  Even on the weekend!  Enjoy your Saturday. 

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