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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/11/2013

D.C. area forecast: Chance of showers today before a warm weekend

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Overcast, p.m. showers. 44-51. | Tonight: Showers taper. Fog possible. Low-to-mid 40s. | Tomorrow: More clouds than sun. 57-63. | Sunday: Warmer, clouds still pesky. 60s. | 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


Gray skies, afternoon showers. Not cold. Not warm. Meh! Awaiting weekend. 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: 1 (↑) - Precip associated with Tue cold front is looking a bit chilly well north and west. Maybe a flake for someone at the end? Get the SPI on Twitter | Discuss on Facebook

FORECAST IN DETAIL


We’ve got a murky and San Francisco-like day ahead with showers likely during the afternoon and evening. Those clouds aren’t in a hurry to leave over coming days either, but warmth will build through the weekend. All that juicier air fueling the warmth won’t allow for temps to fall far at night, though it will help promote that cloudier feel. If I could highlight the best potential day, it’s Sunday. Get outdoors if you can!

Today (Friday): Dark, murky, with possible showers (perhaps a line of them) in the afternoon or around evening. Chances for rain grow from about 15% at noon, to 60% by dinnertime. Walk and drive home with extra caution if it’s rainy. High temperatures still manage to get above average, in the mid-40s to around 50. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Shower chances decrease after midnight. A light south or southwesterly breeze keeps the air moving a bit, but fog still could develop in some spots. Low-to-mid 40s might feel a bit stuffy? No, that is not our high temperature. It’s our LOW temperature range! Confidence: Medium

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

Tomorrow (Saturday): We could struggle with sunshine attempting to break us into upper 50s to mid-60s temperatures, but it may be a fight. Fog and cloudy skies try to dominate the morning and they should lose the battle during the afternoon, as south-southeasterly breezes continue to pump in the mild, moist air. A bit muggy-feeling to our bodies, perhaps? If we see more sun than currently expected, temperatures might be even warmer--but that is looking tough for now. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Mild, non-low temperatures in the upper 40s to lower 50s continue as clouds persist in blanketing us, for most of the night. Shower chances notch up just a bit, into the 10-20% range. Confidence: Medium

Sunday: It’s likely warmer than Saturday, but it could still feature abundant clouds, unfortunately. This could keep us from hitting 70 downtown, but I will try to remain optimistic. Who can complain much (except snow lovers) about 60s for high temperatures, in January! Spots especially south of town that see more sun than clouds in the afternoon may exceed the 70-degree jackpot. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Sunday night: Low temperatures remain above 50 for just about everyone in the region, perhaps mid-50s downtown. Patchy fog is also a possibility, along with abundant cloud cover. Just not a night for stargazing at all. Confidence: Medium

Monday may cool down just a notch, with high temperatures in the upper 50s to low 60s. Clouds could, still, remain in their heyday…killing off our sunny lunch break walks. Oh yeah, showers start moving into the region (40-50% chance). Confidence: Low-Medium

Tuesday showers arrive more in force, with a 50-60% chance of needing that umbrella--especially by the afternoon. A cold front should be closing in quickly on our region so our temperatures will be held back into the mid-40s to around 50, depending on how quickly it plows through us. Some hint of a weak low forming on the front which could help for a quick changeover, probably northwest of our area for now, but perhaps close. Confidence: Low

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