Inauguration Weather Forecast Looks Rainy, but It Could Be Worse

Inauguration Weather Forecast Looks Rainy, but It Could Be Worse

Well, the good news is temperatures will not be harsh or frigid; they will be on the mild side for the middle of winter, with highs nearly reaching 50 degrees. That means there are no worries of snow, ice or dangerous winter conditions. The bad news is there is a chance of rain throughout much of the day.

Inaugural celebrations begin at 9:00 a.m. Temperatures will be at their coldest of the day, in the upper 30s, but gradually rising. A brief hit of rain is possible right before and just at the start of the ceremony.

By noon, temperatures are up to the mid 40s, approaching that mild 50 degree mark. After a brief lull in the rain for the mid-morning hours, steadier rain moves in around noon.

Moderate rain is possible from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. After 3 p.m., some brief heavy downpours are possible, just as the parade is about to start. The beginning of the parade may be a bit soggy, but then the rain should clear up, and the rest of the afternoon and evening look dry.

Severe winter weather is always a possibility in the nation's capital on Inauguration Day because it falls in January (or it has been since 1937, when the day was moved up from March 4). Although it might rain a bit on the parade this time around, it could have been much worse.