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7:00 AM | *A chilly air mass for the next couple of days...warming trend gets underway on Thursday*

Paul Dorian

A chilly air mass for this time of year has moved into the Mid-Atlantic region following the passage of a cold frontal system. Temperatures will remain below-normal for the next couple of days despite plenty of sunshine all along the I-95 corridor. On Thursday, high pressure will edge off the coast and it’ll turn breezy and milder – just in time for the Nationals home opener. Even warmer weather will take place on Friday and Saturday, but showers are a threat for Sunday as the next cold front approaches.

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7:00 AM | *Stays chilly through mid-week...looks nice for Thursday's Nationals opener*

Paul Dorian

Low pressure will ride along an approaching cold front today and likely spread some rain shower activity into the DC metro region during the late afternoon and evening hours. Following the frontal passage, colder air will push into the Mid-Atlantic region for the next couple of days with below-normal temperatures generally confined to the 40’s for highs. It’ll turn milder on Thursday just in time for the Nats home opener and sunshine should boost afternoon temperatures to near 60 degrees. The nice weather will continue on Friday and Saturday, but a cold front could bring some showers our way on Sunday.

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7:00 AM | **An unstable day with strong wind gusts and possible PM rain showers...maybe even an isolated thunderstorm**

Paul Dorian

Intensifying low pressure is headed towards northern New England this morning from around Long Island, but that won’t be the end of the threat for precipitation in the Mid-Atlantic region. An Arctic frontal system supported by a strong wave of energy in the upper atmosphere will slam into the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast US later today and this will result in wind gusts of 40+ mph and possible PM rain showers, maybe even an isolated thunderstorm. Any thunderstorm that does form later today could produce small hail as freezing levels will be quite low in the lower atmosphere. The wind and cold will stick around during the first part of the weekend, but it’ll turn noticeably milder and calmer on Sunday with upper 50’s likely for afternoon highs. Looking ahead, the weather is looking pretty favorable for the Nationals home opener next Thursday afternoon with some sunshine expected and temperatures likely near 60 degrees.

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10:15 AM | **Heavy rain event for the Mid-Atlantic with 2+ inches on the table…very unstable on Friday with wind gusts to 40 mph and numerous snow and/or rain showers**

Paul Dorian

Low pressure will intensify rapidly along the eastern seaboard over the next 24-36 hours resulting in a heavy rain event from today into early Friday in the Mid-Atlantic region.  Rainfall amounts of more than two inches are possible by late tonight and flash flood watches have been posted in a large area given the saturated grounds.  In the higher elevation interior sections from western Virginia/West Virginia/southwestern Pennsylvania to northern New England significant snow is likely to occur during this event as colder air will wrap into the system later today and tonight. 

By later tomorrow, the strong low pressure system will be near the southern part of Maine, but that won’t be the end of the story for the Mid-Atlantic region in terms of inclement weather.  An Arctic cold blast supported by a strong wave of energy in the upper atmosphere will slam into the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast US later tomorrow and this will result in wind gusts of 40 mph or so and numerous snow and/or rain showers.  The wind and cold will stick around during the first part of the weekend in the DC-to-Philly-to-NYC corridor, but it’ll turn noticeably milder and calmer on Sunday with 60 degrees possible in DC and upper 50’s in Philly and NYC. 

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7:00 AM | **A heavy rain event continues into tonight...windy, chilly on Friday with rain and/or snow showers possible**

Paul Dorian

Low pressure will intensify along the Mid-Atlantic coastline today and lead to a heavy rain event in the Mid-Atlantic region with 2+ inches on the table around here. It’ll stay on the chilly side today and tonight as bands of heavy rain swirl around the intensifying low pressure system. By tonight, the steadier rain will evolve into a showery pattern and the winds will pick up in intensity. A blast of Arctic air will arrive on Friday in the Northeast US and this cold air outbreak will be accompanied by a strong wave of energy in the upper atmosphere. As a result, tomorrow is likely to be quite unstable with windy and cold conditions along with the likelihood of snow and/or rain showers in the Mid-Atlantic region. The cold and wind will stick around as we begin the weekend, but it’ll turn noticeably milder and calmer on Sunday to go along with plenty of sunshine.

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7:00 AM | *Soaking rain on Thursday as low pressure intensifies along the Mid-Atlantic coastline*

Paul Dorian

Low pressure will intensify along the Mid-Atlantic coastline on Thursday and the result will be a rainy day in the DC-to-Philly-to-NYC corridor along with cool conditions. Much colder air will flood the Northeast US and Mid-Atlantic region late Thursday night and Friday and this Arctic blast will be accompanied by a strong wave of energy in the upper atmosphere. As a result, Friday is likely to feature windy and cold conditions along with the possibility of snow and/or rain showers in the DC metro region. The cold will stick around as we begin the weekend, but it’ll turn noticeably milder on Sunday to go along with plenty of sunshine.

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1:00 PM | *Spring begins tomorrow, but winter won’t go away without a fight…two potential big weather events to monitor in coming days for the Northeast US/Mid-Atlantic*

Paul Dorian

Even though spring “officially” gets underway on Wednesday, there are still plenty of cold air masses around the northern hemisphere and – if the timing is just right – there can be some significant wintry weather in the Northeast US and even in the Mid-Atlantic region in coming days. This time of year is notorious for slow-moving and powerful storms and there are signs that two such systems may have an interaction with some impressive cold air outbreaks.  The first event of interest will take place from Thursday into Friday and it will actually feature two separate strong waves of energy in the upper atmosphere.  Soaking rain is likely to take place on Thursday in the DC-to-Philly-to-NYC corridor as a result of the first wave of energy and then the second wave will combine with an Arctic frontal system on Friday to generate windy and cold conditions in the Northeast US/Mid-Atlantic and likely numerous snow showers perhaps even some snow squall activity. 

Another strong and slow-moving system will cross the country this weekend and potentially arrive in the Mid-Atlantic region early-to-mid next week at the same time another cold air mass dives southeastward from central Canada towards this region.  It looks like this rather volatile weather pattern with strong and slow-moving storm systems will continue into the early part of April along with up and down temperature swings.

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7:00 AM | *Still on the cool side next couple days and remaining dry...periods of rain likely on Thursday...windy, cold on Friday with possible snow showers*

Paul Dorian

High pressure will control the weather around here for the next couple of days and it’ll remain rather chilly in the Mid-Atlantic region for this time of year. A cold front will approach the region late Wednesday night and Thursday at the same time low pressure intensifies near the Mid-Atlantic coastline. As a result, Thursday is likely to feature occasional rain and what may turn out to be quite a decent rainfall for the region. A strong secondary cold front will arrive on Friday as intensifying low pressure slowly pulls away to the northeast and the last day of the work week may feature windy and cold conditions with possible snow showers. Cold weather will stick around at the start of the upcoming weekend, but Sunday promises to be noticeably milder.

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12:15 PM | *Shower/thunderstorm threat later today/early tonight…”clipper” system can produce some snow late Sunday night/early Monday*

Paul Dorian

Unseasonably mild conditions today across the Mid-Atlantic region ahead of a strong cold front which will usher in much colder air for the weekend.  As the front arrives later today, the threat for showers will increase and there can be a few strong thunderstorms mixed in; especially, along of and to the east of the I-95 corridor.  After a cold, dry weekend, a fast-moving “clipper” system will drop southeastward and into the Mid-Atlantic region late Sunday night/early Monday and it can produce some snow in the region extending from DC-to-southern NJ on the south side to southern PA on the north side including the Philly area – perhaps even small accumulations in some areas.

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