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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/27/2013

D.C. area forecast: Brief taste of spring today; trending cold into weekend

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly sunny, late-day shower? 55-60. | Tonight: A few rain or snow showers possible. Mid-30s to near 40. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly cloudy. 30% chance of light showers. Upper 40s to mid-50s. | 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


Terrific turnaround after a soggy Tuesday, as a mild breeze boosts temps at least well into the 50s. 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 (→) - Snow chances stuck in low gear. Maybe stray snow shower tonight or on weekend. That’s about it. Get the SPI on Twitter | Discuss on Facebook

FORECAST IN DETAIL


If you’re craving spring like I am, today is the day to get outside. It won’t be super-duper warm, and might be breezier than some would like, but partial sun and temperatures at least well into the 50s are as nice as we’ll see for a while. Tomorrow begins a cooling trend and by the weekend we’re back to highs in the 40s with a bit of a wind chill. No big storms and, sorry snow lovers, no sign of significant snow on the horizon.

Today (Wednesday): Any lingering early-morning showers should quickly lift north and away from the area, leaving behind a partly sunny and mild day. Temperatures, already in the 40s as you wake up and head out the door, reach afternoon highs in the 55-60 range thanks to a warming breeze from the west/southwest at 10-15 mph. An isolated shower might pop-up in the late afternoon. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Can’t rule out a few evening rain showers or overnight snow showers as upper-level energy moves through and temperatures cool off. Lows stay safely above freezing, though, dropping back to the mid-30s to near 40. Confidence: Medium-High

For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock. Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Thursday): An upper-level area of low pressure keeps skies partly to mostly cloudy, while a mild breeze from the west keeps temperatures near to above average with highs in the upper 40s to the mid-50s. A few light showers are possible with the overall chance of rain for any given location about 30%. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Shower chances dissipate and skies partial clearing as that pesky upper-level low finally starts to drift away. Lows should bottom mainly in the 30s. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

A colder breeze from the northwest holds Friday highs in the 40s under partly sunny skies, followed by cold (but near-average) Friday night lows in the upper 20s to low 30s. Confidence: Medium

The weekend continues on the chilly and somewhat breezy side, maybe with a stray flurry or snow shower. Saturday and Sunday highs stall in the 40s while Saturday night lows bottom in the 20s. Confidence: Medium

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