From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Forecast: Keep the umbrella handy for a wet Sunday

December 29, 2013 - 12:06 PM
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Look for a chilly, rainy day with heavy downpours and rain totaling an inch or more.  The rain departs by afternoon and colder air arrives overnight. 

This Afternoon:
Soaking Rain, Heavy at Times, Chilly
Highs: 44-47
Rain: 100% Chance
Partly Cloudy, Breezy, Colder
Lows: 33-39
Wind: W 10-15 mph
Partly Sunny, Cold, Windy
Highs: 35-40
Wind: NW 10-15/G 25 mph

The contrast couldn't be greater.  After yesterday's brilliant blue skies and temperatures near 60 degrees, today is damp, dreary, and decidedly chilly. Rain continues falling throughout the DC area with places like Chevy Chase, MD and Ashburn, VA  already posting over 1 inch.  Low pressure to our southwest is drawing moisture form both the Gulf and the Atlantic as it moves inexorably toward the coast.  We can expect periods of rain, some of them heavy, into the afternoon with temperatures staying in the mid 40s.  Upwards of an additional 1/2" of rain is possible before the system exits to our northeast. 

After the rain moves on, a cold front will pass through bringing northwesterly winds and chillier temperatures.  Look for overnight lows in the upper 30s. Monday should be a partly sunny, breezy day with more colder than normal readings in the 30s, a pattern that will continue through the end of the week.  New Year's Day will be sunny,but cold, with highs in the 30s and Thursday could feature a rain and/or snow event.  Stay dry and enjoy your Sunday! 

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