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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/24/2013

D.C. area forecast: Becoming sunnier and warmer before Tuesday storm

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Decreasing clouds, breezy. Near 50. | Tonight: Clear and cold. Mid-20s to low 30s. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Mid-40s to near 50. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

TODAY'S DAILY DIGIT

A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10


Much improved today with increasing sun and warmer temps, but a pesky wind is somewhat of a detraction. Get the Digit on Twitter | Discuss on Facebook

SNOW POTENTIAL INDEX

A daily assessment of the potential for *accumulating* snow for the next week on a 0-10 scale. More info


SPI: 2 (↓) - Brief chance of flakes before rain Tuesday and maybe a snow shower Wednesday night leave us on the low end of the scale. Get the SPI on Twitter | Discuss on Facebook

FORECAST IN DETAIL


Much improved over yesterday’s cloudy drizzle-fest! A drier air mass moves in today with increasing sun as we go through the day. The down side is a gusty wind from the northwest that adds a chill despite highs near 50. Sunshine sticks around through Monday, but in this active pattern our next storm is quickly on deck. It moves in early Tuesday and may start with a light wintry mix before a transition to rain dampens winter spirits once again.

Today (Sunday): Any early-morning fog/mist should start to recede by the time you finish your morning coffee. Mostly cloudy skies may linger through mid-morning before giving way to partly to mostly sunny skies thereafter. By afternoon, we’re looking at a pretty nice day around town with highs up to around 50. One detractor is a gusty breeze from the northwest, increasing to 15-20 mph with gusts near 30 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: A clear, cold night is in the works as high pressure builds into the area. Under starry skies, our lows drop to the mid-20s to low 30s. Winds lose their earlier punch with just a light breeze lingering from the northwest. Confidence: High

Any chance of snow with our next storm? Keep reading for the forecast through midweek...

Tomorrow (Monday): High pressure remains in control and that means bright skies as we start the new week. Even with mostly sunny skies, a cool air mass in place limits highs to the mid-40s to near 50. Good news is winds are light. Clouds may begin to increase late in the day as our next weather system approaches. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: Skies turn mostly cloudy overnight as a large low-pressure system nears. Some of the far western or southwestern suburbs may see a light wintry mix begin toward sunrise. Overnight lows range from the upper 20s to mid-30s. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

A wintry mix or rain showers should develop Tuesday morning as another Midwest storm begins to transfer its energy to this side of the Appalachians, though dry air may keep precipitation light and spotty for a time. Temperatures should be above freezing so no significant icing is expected. Precipitation is all rain by afternoon as highs rise into the 40s, and looks to be fairly steady during the afternoon into evening, before tapering overnight with lows in the mid-30s to near 40. Confidence: Low-Medium

Wednesday is a bit of a transition day. The main area of precipitation moves away to the northeast, but upper-level energy remaining behind keeps skies partly to mostly cloudy with the chance of a stray shower or two. Colder air begins to work in at the upper levels but should take some time to get down to the surface, allowing highs to reach the low-to-mid 50s. Confidence: Medium

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