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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 03/07/2013

D.C. area forecast: Breezy, chilly today but big warmup this weekend

10:45 a.m. update: Temperatures are running on the warmer side today, with readings already near forecast highs. Expect highs from 45-50 rather than in the low 40s.

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Brief passing clouds, windy. 38-42. | Tonight: Winds persist, mainly clear. 25-31. | Tomorrow: Sunny but clouds midday, still breezy. 43-47. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

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FORECAST IN DETAIL


The good news is that storm that shall remain nameless has departed and is leaving us in peace, mostly. Just a couple days of flying hats and bad hair as winds gust up to 30 mph. The better news is that spring will be busting out all over this weekend with some spots pushing the 60 degree mark by Sunday and Monday. The best news? An extra hour of evening sun starting Sunday.

Today (Thursday): The clouds should have pulled out of the area by daybreak giving us a partly to mostly sunny day, but look out for a few icy spots on roads in areas that received snow yesterday. Winds are the main hangover from yesterday’s debacle, coming out of the northwest at 15-20 mph, gusting to 30. Highs only top out in the upper 30s to lower 40s, more than 10 degrees below normal. Confidence: High

Tonight: The stars shine brightly and the winds fail to abate still clipping along at 15-20 mph, so bundle up. Lows bottom out in the mid-20s in those lingerng snow covered areas far west with upper 20s to lower 30s elsewhere. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Friday): The storm remains close enough to keep our winds at 15-25 mph and throw occasional clouds across the area. Best sun chances are early and late in the day. Highs should struggle to make a big move and do no better than low-to-mid 40s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: The skies are clear and a lovely crescent moon rises in the pre-dawn hours. The cold should limit gazing time as lows fall to the mid-20s western suburbs; upper 20s to lower 30s around town. Confidence: High

A LOOK AHEAD

Saturday makes noticeable progress in the right direction with lots less wind and lots warmer temperatures. Highs reach a respectable low-to-mid 50s range. Sunshine is without challenge as well. Lows are all over the place with upper 20s exurbs but upper 30s downtown. Confidence: High

Sunday is not slouching and warms diligently under bright blue skies; of course, they take an hour longer to arrive with the time change. However, that gives us an extra hour of evening sun to enjoy the vestiges of daytime highs in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Overnight lows are only in the low-to-mid 40s. Confidence: High

Monday tries diligently to be as good as Sunday but some clouds from an approaching cold front are likely to arrive by afternoon. Highs still have no problem making the upper 50s to lower 60s and if, just if, the clouds hold off, some mid-60s! Plan of a trip outside for lunch. Confidence: Medium-High

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