PM Update: Heavy rain this evening and strong, possibly damaging wind gusts overnight

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*Wind advisory in effect from 10 p.m. Sunday night until 10 a.m. Monday morning*

Did you feel that temperature drop? With a strong cold front passing through the region today, temperatures dropped a good 1o degrees in a matter of minutes. They will continue to drop overnight, but that won’t be the main weather story for us. We’ve got one more batch of drenching rain to get through before strong winds move in overnight.

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Through tonight: Pockets of heavy rain will rotate into the area this evening. Some isolated thunder and maybe even a few lightning strikes aren’t out of the question. Most, if not all, rain showers should clear out of the D.C. area around midnight. Temperatures will drop as well, falling into the 40s just before midnight, with lows temperatures ultimately settling in the upper 30s to low 40s. Then there is the wind: Winds really pick up after dark tonight, with a sustained northwest wind at 15 to 25 mph and gusts of 45-plus mph.

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Tomorrow (Monday): All precipitation will have moved far north and east of our area by tomorrow morning, though winds will still be strong, especially in the morning. Gusts out of the west/northwest up to 35 mph are likely through about noon, before the strongest wind gusts gradually calm by later in the afternoon. Temperatures will rebound nicely under partly sunny skies, with highs ranging from 58 to 63 degrees. Partly cloudy and cool tomorrow night, with lows ranging from 38 to 42 degrees.

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Sandy’s fifth anniversary: Five years ago today, the monster hybrid storm formally named Sandy crashed into the Northeast. Many people in the storm’s path still haven’t recovered, and Sandy’s impact was far-reaching, ultimately leading to new weather forecast improvement legislation in Congress. I’ll save the analysis of where we stand five years later for another day. For now, let’s just remember the tremendous power of Sandy and respect the effect that this storm had on millions of lives.

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