From the ABC 7 Weather team

Washington, D.C. Forecast: Still Unsettled Until Strong Front Slides Through

April 17, 2013 - 03:27 PM
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Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy with patchy drizzle possible overnight

Lows: 50s | Wind: E 5-10 mph

Thursday: Early morning drizzle, then partly to mostly cloudy and warm.

Highs: Upper 70s | Wind: SE 10-15 mph

Friday: Partly sunny, warm, and humid. Showers & thunderstorms by late afternoon. Some very heavy.

Highs: Upper 70s to around 80 degrees | Wind: SSW 10-20 mph

A weak cold front is passing through the Washington metro area this afternoon. A shift in the wind direction and a drop in surface temperatures have been the only effects noted so far. In fact, at mid-afternoon temperatures range from the middle 60s across Frederick and Washington Counties in MD…where the front has passed to temperatures in the lower 80s in Stafford and Spotsylvania Counties in VA where the front has not yet passed. During the day tomorrow, that cold front will make a u-turn and move back northward as a warm front. Skies may brighten during the day as temperatures head back into upper 70s. On Friday, it will be partly sunny, warm and muggy with highs approaching 80 degrees. But during the late afternoon through evening hours, a very strong cold front will approach the area. Widespread showers and thunderstorms will become likely. Strong winds and excessive rainfall are possible with some of the stronger cells. Skies will clear over the weekend with much cooler air arriving.

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