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Price of Warm-up: Precipitation

Dan Stillman @ 10:00 AM

We reached 50 degrees yesterday (high of 52 at National) for the first time since last Wednesday. 50s and perhaps 60s are on the horizon for the next several days. But so are periods of rain, the weekend included. The forecast details follow ...


Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighCloudy, cool, PM rain. As low pressure approaches from the Midwest, skies will become overcast this morning, with breezy conditions and a 40% chance of showers during the afternoon. Highs near 50. Then, rain likely during the evening and overnight hours, and it could be heavy at times with a thunderstorm or two. Overnight lows in the mid-to-upper 40s.


Forecast Confidence: MediumRain ending, partial clearing, warmer. The heaviest of the rain should end by late morning, but a few scattered showers could linger through afternoon. Expect partial clearing and increasing winds during the day. Depending on how much sun we get, high temperatures could range from the upper 50s to the mid 60s. Overnight, clearing skies and breezy with lows in the low 40s in town, mid-to-upper 30s in the burbs.


Forecast Confidence: HighSunny, breezy. This is the one day during the forecast period where we don't have to worry about precipitation. It should be mostly sunny and breezy with highs in the upper 50s to near 60. Overnight, increasing clouds toward morning with lows near 40 in town and mid 30s in the burbs.

The Weekend

Forecast Confidence: Low-MediumPotentially rainy. It seems likely that rain will move in during the weekend, but the timing is uncertain. As of now, the best chance of rain would be from Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon. Otherwise, partly to mostly cloudy with highs in the 50s and lows Saturday night 45-50.

Curse of the White House Easter Egg Roll

Will the sun ever shine on the White House Easter Egg Roll again? For the fourth consecutive year, cloudy skies dominated during the event, held Monday on the South Lawn of the White House. The good news is that no rain fell during this year's Roll, a welcome change from the wet conditions of the previous three years. The bad news is that temperatures -- in the mid 30s to mid 40s -- were quite cold, even for the warm and cuddly Clifford the Big Red Dog.

White House Easter Egg Roll Weather Conditions:

2007 (April 9): Mostly cloudy to overcast; temps mid 30s to mid 40s
2006 (April 17): Overcast with light rain; temps mid 40s to near 50
2005 (March 28: Rain, heavy at times; temps mid-to-upper 40s
2004 (April 12): Light rain; temps mid 40s

Pictured: First lady Laura Bush and Clifford the Big Red Dog are surrounded Monday by chilly children on the South Lawn during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Courtesy the White House.

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