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Showers, storms & strong winds Wednesday

Yellow Weather Alert Wednesday.

WASHINGTON — March-like weather returns with a vengeance Wednesday afternoon and Thursday. Plan on showers and storms around lunchtime Wednesday with strong winds and falling temperatures.

Quick Forecast:
Overnight: Partly cloudy and mild, isolated shower west. Low: 56.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy and cooler with scattered showers/storms, mainly midday. Windy, colder by late afternoon. High: 58.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, blustery and chilly. High: 57.

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Forecast Discussion:
A strong cold front will move through the DMV Wednesday bringing some showers and a few storms with it. Isolated storms may bring damaging winds, especially east of I 95. The entire DMV will see strong winds Wednesday ahead of the cold front in the morning and behind the front in the afternoon and evening. Expect wind gusts as high as 45 miles per hour. Accumulating snow will fall west of the Divide Wednesday night.

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Severe weather risk Wednesday


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Behind the cold front, there's colder air that moves in for Wednesday night and Thursday. Thursday will see high temperatures in the 50s along with partly sunny and blustery conditions. Wind chills early Thursday morning north of D.C. will be in the 20s!

Tuesday Allergy Index:
Tree pollens remain higher than average for metro Washington. The highest tree pollen counts come from Mulberry, Oak, Pine, and Sycamore trees.

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Tuesday Allergy Index

Detailed Forecast:
Overnight: Partly cloudy, breezy and mild, isolated shower west. Lows: 50s. Winds: SSW 10- 15.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy and cooler with scattered showers/storms, mainly at midday. Windy, colder by late afternoon. Highs: 55 — 65 (falling). Winds: SW/NW 15 — 25, Gusts 35 — 45.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, blustery and chilly. Highs: 53 — 58. Winds: NW 15 — 30.

A windy and March-like day for baseball Wednesday afternoon.

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Extended Forecast:
Temperatures rebound quickly to the 60s by Friday and for the upcoming weekend. Showers look likely Saturday night into Sunday morning. We may be able to salvage Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon.

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Friday: Mostly sunny, seasonable. Highs: 60 — 65.
Saturday: Morning sun, increasing clouds, showers possible late. Highs: 62 — 67.
Sunday: Rain and showers ending in early p.m. Highs: 60s.

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