From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Forecast: A cool & wet weekend with substantial rain possible

March 29, 2014 - 12:49 PM
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Have your umbrella handy as we look for showers throughout a cool weekend with daytime highs in the 50s. Some heavy downpours are likely this afternoon into Sunday evening. 

This Afternoon:
Rain Likely, Thunderstorm Possible
Highs: 55-58
Rain: 100% Chance
Showers Likely, Heavy at Times
Lows: 40-45
Rain: 90% Chance
Rain Likely, Breezy, & Cool
Highs: 51-56
Rain: 90% Chance

After months on end of frozen precipitation, this weekend -  blessedly -  will be merely wet!  Still, the rain could be substantial and flood watches could be issued before the weekend is out.  But with high temperatures in the 50s both days, the immediate metro area can safely trade the snow shovel for the umbrella.  Showers are likely to overspread the region this afternoon with the heaviest rain occurring into the overnighth hours. 

Following today's low pressure center traveling along a stalled cold front, a cutoff low on Sunday will likely generate yet more shower activity.  Winds will kick up tomorrow as a pressure gradient sets up, making for a blustery Sunday with winds gusting to 25 mph.  The rain is expected to end late on Sunday - upwards of 2 inches are possbile -  with high pressure due back by Monday, a day that will usher in some true spring-like weather: high temperatures next week are expected to be in the 60s and low 70s.  NOTE: Yesterday's 68 degree high at Reagan National marked the first time in the past 6 days that readings were above average.  And with the prospect of yet more mild days next week, winter may finally be in the rear view mirror!  Enjoy your weekend. 

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