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A soggy Earth Day for the D.C. area

Sunday - 4/22/2012, 1:58pm  ET

Those braving the weather to come out for the Earth Day events on the National Mall are wearing ponchos and rainboots, and carrying umbrellas. (Andrew Mollenbeck/WTOP)

WASHINGTON - It's going to be a soggy day for the D.C. area. While a rainy Sunday afternoon might not be ideal, the area sure could use it.

ABC 7 Meteorologist Mike Stinneford says the morning rain will pick up as the day goes on, and could be hard at times.

"We'll see anywhere between one to two inches of rain, maybe three inches in the eastern and southern parts of our region," says Stinneford.

He says that the hard rain is especially likely in the southern and eastern suburbs.

The Nationals game today against Miami has been rained out. No makeup date has been announced.

The Earth Day events on the National Mall are rain or shine. Those braving the weather are wearing ponchos and rain boots. Cheap Trick, British rocker Dave Mason and teen pop group Kicking Daisies will be performing.

The rain also brings much colder temperatures, with highs only in the low to mid 50s. That's a drop of nearly 30 degrees. Monday will be chilly again, with a chance for more showers. Sleet or even a few snowflakes could mix in with the rain Monday morning.

The system is mainly expected to bring rain, though wind gusts could reach 20 to 25 mph later in the day. Drivers should beware of low visibility and slick roadways when driving, and boaters on the Chesapeake should also be careful because of the winds.

In Western Maryland, Garrett and Allegany counties will be under a winter storm watch starting a 2 a.m. Monday morning. Forecasters predict up to 4 inches of snow in the higher elevation areas.

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