Chances for a weekend washout for the DC area?
Rain chances have trended a little differently over the past 48 hours when looking ahead to the weekend. While heavy rain still appears likely, some changes have been noted as to when you can expect it and just how much will fall.
Starting with Friday, a cold front is anticipated to move through the region through the early afternoon. A few showers and storms will be possible in the afternoon through the evening. Some may contain gusty winds and small hail, which is why the Storm Prediction Center placed the area in a “Marginal Risk” for severe storms.
Saturday should start off cloudy and cooler with temperatures in the 50s, reaching the lower 60s by the afternoon. A few scattered showers will be possible throughout the day, but the heaviest rain should enter the region by the evening hours. As of now, we think the heaviest rain will be from 7pm Saturday night through 7am Sunday morning.
Sunday won’t be much better as the area of low pressure moves through the Carolinas. Scattered showers will continue through the morning hours but should diminish by the afternoon. A few models try to clear the area out Sunday afternoon but at this point we think that’s a little optimistic. We expect cloudy skies with highs in the upper 50s.
Rainfall totals should be around an inch in the Metro area into the weekend with higher totals expected south of D.C. closer to Richmond. Since the area is still in a Moderate Drought, we’ll be sure to take whatever rain we can get, but we apologize about your weekend in advance!