Rainy Friday gives way to mild, sunny conditions this holiday weekend

WASHINGTON – What an ugly way to end the work week. After a few spectacular days across the WTOP listening area, we saw rain on and off throughout the day Friday with the chance of some storms.

Temperatures Friday topped out in the lower to mid-70s despite the lack of sunshine and the rainy forecast. Breezy winds out of the southwest once again pushed our temperatures on up. A cold front was draped across central Pennsylvania and the Ohio Valley and on into the Midwest.

Placement of the cold front today. Courtesy of NWS Blacksburg.
Placement of the cold front Friday. (Courtesy of NWS Blacksburg)

Our first wave of light to moderate rain Friday morning was brought on by a piece of energy lifting to the north and east along the front, out of the Ohio Valley.

The front will begin to move through the region after midnight. I expect a few lingering showers overnight and through the very early morning Saturday. But most of the activity will have dissipated by then.

Winds will continue to be breezy through the day Saturday. Winds will shift from the warm southwest to flow out of the northwest tomorrow, tapping into much cooler air. Daytime highs on Saturday combined with rapid clearing means temperatures will top out in the mid-50s to near 60 degrees. However, winds gusting up to 35 mph might make it feel much cooler at times. It’s a good thing that the cherry blossoms won’t be out tomorrow or they would be blown away due to the forecasted winds.

Easter Sunday

Temperatures drop Saturday night into Easter morning. So if you are headed out for any Passover or early morning Easter activities, bundle up! Temperatures will bottom out in the mid to upper 30s on Sunday morning and it will feel quite chilly. Despite the cold start, Easter Sunday looks beautiful as temperatures will warm into the lower to mid-60s with a slight southwest breeze.

Opening Day

Headed to Nats Park on Monday for opening day? How does near 70 with a mix of sun and clouds sound at first pitch?

Lunar Eclipse

There will be a partial lunar eclipse at 6:16 a.m. Saturday!

If you are traveling, the farther west you travel, the better chance you will have to see it (thanks to clear skies to our west).

However Westcoasters will be able to see a total lunar eclipse. It will be the shortest total lunar eclipse of the 21 st century, lasting only five minutes.

But this is also the considered the “blood moon” due to the red hue on the moon from sunlight that is refracted from the Earth’s surface.

Hopefully if we get some clearing by 6 a.m. (sunrise will be at 6:49 a.m.) you may get a good view! Check out earthsky.org for more info.

This image shows total cloud cover over D.C. at 7 a.m. Saturday. But if the skies are clear enough, try to spot the partial lunar eclipse at 6:16 a.m.
This image shows total cloud cover over D.C. at 7 a.m. Saturday. But if the skies are clear enough, try to spot the partial lunar eclipse at 6:16 a.m.

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