From the ABC 7 Weather team

Wet Friday morning commute in the D.C. area

April 11, 2013 - 02:57 PM
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A strong frontal system will bring showers and storms to the region late tonight through Friday morning.


A strong cold frontal boundary will move through the D.C. area tonight into tomorrow morning. Heavy rain will be possible along with embedded thunderstorms through the early morning hours continuing through the morning commute. That being said, Friday shouldn't be a complete washout, with sunshine returning by the afternoon and evening and staying in time for the weekend.

Timing the Rain

Rain should begin in the early morning hours closer to 3am in the D.C. area and continue to be heavy at times through 8am or 9am. Pockets of showers will continue to be possible through lunch time, but partial clearing should take place through the afternoon. Here is a look at our in-house microcast at 7am depicting a line of heavy showers and storms.

Microcast Forecast for Friday at 7am

How much rain should you expect? We are thinking rainfall totals will be on the order of a half of an inch to an inch. The WPC's QPF forecast shows this as well, with some localized areas of over an inch possible in parts of the D.C. area.

WPC QPF Forecast for Thursday through Friday

Be sure to check out Live Super Doppler tomorrow morning as well as our HD live cameras as we now have 10 new cameras from across the region. I have highlighted them at the top of this blog post so be sure to check them out.

Rain should come to an end by the early afternoon and the sunshine should return late in the day Friday. Temperatures won't be quite as warm but should still be 10 degrees above average in the mid 70s. Cooler air will filter into the region for the weekend with sunny skies and high temperatures back in the mid to upper 60s.


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