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Laredo, Texas to Washington, D.C.

Today we embark on a lengthy road trip, from the Mexico border to the nation’s capital! 1,723 miles separate Laredo and Washington DC, so it’s going to take 4 days to cover it all.

DAY ONE

High pressure is found over the Central Plains pushing into the Mid-MS River Valley. However, its’ effects are widely felt throughout the Central US and will keep much of East TX quiet throughout the day. The lone hiccup in the day may be some isolated shower/thunderstorm activity along the Central TX Gulf Coast, as the tail end of a weak boundary is lingering over the region and kicked up some thunderstorms in the Houston area today. This activity should be fairly isolated however so any impact should be minimal if we run into them between Victoria and Houston. The rest of the day should be smooth sailing as we finish the day in Lake Charles, LA.

DAY TWO

High pressure continues shifting eastward, and lucky for us, it’s sitting right over the route for the second day! No precip is expected as we head eastward out of Lake Charles along I-10 to Baton Rouge, then we continue on I-12 north of Lake Ponchartrain before heading north on I-59 out of Slidell. We continue along I-59 through MS before ending our day in Livingston, AL, just inside the border.

DAY THREE

Another enjoyable day thanks to high pressure! There’s a slight chance of an isolated shower or two over central AL during the late morning hours. But as we shift into far northeastern AL and make our way into TN, mostly sunny skies should continue to greet us as our northeastward trek proceeds. Partly cloudy skies are expected over eastern TN as we go past Knoxville and end our day in Bristol, TN, right on the TN/VA border.

DAY FOUR

Our last day! Will our luck finally run out when it comes to rain? Even though clouds will be on the increase today, and some scattered shower activity may dot the landscape, much of this activity looks to be caught up on the west side of the Appalachians, leaving our trip through VA fairly uneventful once again! We finish our day up cruising into DC under partly cloudy skies!

Washington, D.C.

Today we head off to our nation’s capital! Given the tumultuous nature of today’s news cycle, let’s see if the weather can help keep things calm with a good end to the work week.

At 1152pm EDT, the temperature at Reagan Natl Airport in Washington DC was 77 degrees under overcast skies. An area of low pressure is lifting into Quebec, trailing a cold front over the Northeast into the Mid-Atlantic states. The slow-moving nature of this system is cause for some heavy rains in PA today, where several inches fell in the southeast part of the state earlier today. Some shower activity is expected along the end of this front as it pushes through the region Wednesday, but should clear out by the late evening hours. As Wednesday turns into Thursday, high pressure will nose its way over the Eastern US, making for not only a pleasant Thursday, but also Friday.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. High 87, Low 71.
Thursday: Sunny and cooler, less humid. High 81, Low 66.

TWC: Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 85, Low 72.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 80, Low 62.

AW: Wednesday: A brief shower or two. High 86, Low 73.
Thursday: Sunny; pleasant and less humid. High 81, Low 63.

NWS: Wednesday: Scattered showers. High 85, Low 72.
Thursday: Sunny. High 80, Low 64.

WB: Wednesday: Chance of thunderstorms. High 84, Low 72.
Thursday: Sunny and cooler. High 79, Low 63.

WN: Wednesday: Partly cloudy with scattered showers. High 85, Low 70.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 80, Low 64.

FIO: Wednesday: Partly cloudy until afternoon. High 86, Low 71.
Thursday: Clear throughout the day. High 81, Low 63.

Southeastern PA has gotten hammered by heavy rains today, which seem to finally be shifting off to the south and east. Some of the southern end of this activity will continue to threaten the DC region into tomorrow.

A summerlike day

Washington had an Easter that seemed more like Memorial Day, or perhaps the 4th of July (at least here in Minnesota). After a slightly dreary day on Saturday, where temperatures climbed to 70 degrees, but with some early morning drizzle, they were firmly entrenched in a warm sector, with temperatures climbing to the md 80s. The day wrapped up with a strong thunderstorms rolling through the Virginia side of the Potomac, including a pass over Arlington and Washington-Reagan, the verification point for DC. There were winds only up to 29mph at the airport, but some tree damage around the region. There actually was some hail reported at the airport, so it was a bit of a storm even with out the wind. Victoria-Weather had the top forecast for the Nation’s capital, correctly indicating the chance for the thunderstorms, and handling that jump in temperatures.
Actuals: Saturday – .05 inches of rain, High 70, Low 44
Sunday – .74 inches of rain, High 85, Low 57

Grade: B

Washington, D.C.

There’s some rain showers moving through our nation’s capital right now. Meanwhile, out west in St. Louis, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport was hit with a tornado, causing significant damage to one of the terminals and forcing the FAA to shutdown air traffic for the remainder of the night. Yikes. Surely Washington will be spared such carnage in the coming days, right?

At 9:52PM EDT, Washington, D.C. was reporting 44 degrees and light rain showers. A somewhat nippy Friday evening for people heading out on the town, but those temperatures will be gone in the not too distant future. A warm front is lifting up through the Mid-Atlantic during the overnight hours, with temperatures increasing during early morning hours on Saturday. However, those aforementioned rain showers will continue to linger throughout the morning hours as the front moves on through. Conditions should dry out some during the afternoon and evening hours however, with clouds continuing to persist as the cold front trailing the low pressure system looks to stall out not terribly far to the north of the DC area. A few scattered rain showers are possible on Sunday, but for the most part activity looks to remain off to the north as the front stalls out over NJ/PA/southern OH. Luckily, this means temperatures on Sunday will be significantly warmer than what they were today.

Saturday: Scattered rain showers (isol thundershower perhaps?) for most of day, mainly in morning. High 70, Low 45.
Sunday: Isolated rain showers, mainly dry and partly cloudy, significantly warmer! High 83, Low 62.

TWC: Saturday: Scattered thunderstorms possible. High 73, Low 43.
Sunday: Afternoon thunderstorms possible. High 81, Low 61.

AW: Saturday: Morning showers. High 74, Low 43.
Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 82, Low 62.

NWS: Saturday: Rain showers expected. High 74, Low 47.
Sunday: Scattered showers. High 83, Low 62.

WB: Saturday: Thunderstorms expected. High 72, Low 46.
Sunday: Isolated morning showers. High 82, Low 61.

Here we see the showers over the area, moving in a due west to east fashion. How much of the weekend will they be present? Hopefully not too long!