NowSunny, warm. The official temperature was limited by a southerly river breeze, but nearly all reporting locations in the Washington metro area were well into the 70s for the first time since early January this afternoon under mostly sunny skies. On the southern fringes of the region, Fredericksburg was 81° at 4pm. Warm temperatures will continue tomorrow with some showers possible, but colder conditions will return by the weekend.
Tonight and TomorrowIncreasing clouds, warm, chance of showers. Tonight will be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 40s to near 50°. Clouds will increase tomorrow with a 30% chance of scattered showers or possibly thunderstorms in the afternoon and highs in the mid 70s.
For the outlook through the rest of the week, scroll down to Dan's post below.
Disaster PreparednessToday is Tornado Preparedness Day in Virginia. The Emergency Alert System was activated statewide at 9:45am, and schools and businesses carried out tornado drills with over 70,000 registered participants. Information on preparing for and responding to tornadoes is available on the state's Department of Emergency Management web site.