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Rain to Depart DC in Time for 2015 National Christmas Tree Lighting

Dry and seasonable weather conditions are in the offing for the annual lighting of the National Christmas Tree, in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015.

The tree will be set up on the Ellipse at President's Park. Concert activities will begin at 5:00 p.m. EST.

The slow-moving storm responsible for rainy weather in the local area since this past weekend will have departed the scene by early Thursday morning.

Storm to Drench Northeast

The storm will expand across the Northeast Tuesday and Wednesday and will bring a thorough soaking to many locations.

According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Carl Erickson, people spending the day and the evening on Thursday in Washington, D.C., will not have to worry about getting wet.

"Some sunshine is in store with early afternoon temperatures in the lower 50s F, which will slip back into the upper 40s during the tree lighting ceremony early in the evening," Erickson said.

People who mind cool weather may want to wear a warm jacket.

A breeze will average 10-20 mph and will make for AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures in the lower 40s during much of the day.

"The breeze will diminish toward evening," Erickson said.

People staying in town will have a stretch of dry and sunny weather from Friday through at least Sunday with highs in the 50s.

AccuWeather long-range meteorologists are anticipating above-average temperatures in Washington, D.C., Baltimore and throughout the Northeast states during much of December.

According to AccuWeather Meteorologists Ben Noll, "Opportunities for snow much of this month will be slim along the mid-Atlantic and southern New England coasts."

Noll stated that there are some signs the weather may turn colder toward the tail end of the month, but how cold and whether or not snow will be involved is uncertain this far out.