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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/23/2012

D.C. area forecast: Calmer and not as cold today; multiple storms to watch

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Sunny and calmer. Upper 40s to near 50. | Tonight: Becoming partly cloudy. Near 30 to mid-30s. | Tomorrow: Light p.m. rain or wintry mix. Upper 30s to low 40s. | 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, so finish up that holiday prep in the sun and relatively calm warmth. 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 (↓) - 3 storm chances in next week. First 2 trending wrong way for much snow. 3rd too far away to speculate. Get the SPI on Twitter | Discuss on Facebook

FORECAST IN DETAIL


What a difference a day makes, right? Yesterday’s wild winds have calmed, and temperatures are improved as well with plenty of sun to enjoy. It’s short-lived though, as the first of three storm chances in the next week makes for a somewhat tricky Christmas Eve forecast. The way things are going, Christmas isn’t white, but bright. Our second, larger storm moves in midweek, but that too is looking more wet than white. Next weekend may bring yet another storm threat, but at this point that’s too far away to say much of anything about.

Today (Sunday): For sure, a marked improvement over yesterday. Winds relax, and we get sunshine to go with it. Temperatures are on the increase as well. While highs in the upper 40s to near 50 are no heat wave, they are a welcome change after yesterday’s blustery chill, especially with light winds from the southwest. Confidence: High

Tonight: Skies turn partly cloudy overnight as winds remain light. Lows should reach near 30 to the mid-30s. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the the latest on our snow chances this week...

Tomorrow (Christmas Eve): Clouds are on the increase as a developing storm system heads our way. Precipitation should move in from the west/southwest during the afternoon. Some snowflakes or sleet may be mixed in, especially north and northwest of D.C., but the trend is toward primarily light rain with the low-pressure center tracking to our northwest. Highs only reach the upper 30s to low 40s. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Light rain, maybe mixed with snow or sleet mainly north of D.C., should end during the evening or overnight with little to no wintry impact in the metro area. Lows should mainly bottom in the low-to-mid 30s with some areas of mist or fog possible. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

If we can’t have a white Christmas, we might as well have a nice one, and that looks to be the case for us on Tuesday. Partly to mostly sunny skies emerge as we settle into a quick lull between storm systems, with highs reaching the mid-to-upper 40s. Confidence:Medium-High

Tuesday night we’re likely to see clouds back in as a new, stronger storm system heads our way and pulls in winds off the Atlantic. The leading edge of the precipitation could arrive overnight or toward dawn as lows dip to the low-to-mid 30s. This storm as well has trended toward mainly rain (strike 2, snowlovers), but could start as a wintry mix especially north and west of the District. Confidence: Low-Medium

The way it looks now, and things could still change, rain is likely Wednesday morning, except maybe an early-morning wintry mix mainly north and west of D.C. Soon enough, though, everyone should change to all rain if the anticipated storm track holds. In fact, winds from the south could push highs to the upper 40s. Rain may be moderate to heavy at times into the afternoon. Stay tuned as there is some uncertainty with this forecast. Confidence: Low-Medium

Dan Stillman contributed to this forecast.

By  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/23/2012

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