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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/14/2013

D.C. area forecast: Lovely mild sunshine today, holiday weekend cooler; snow Friday night?

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Widespread sunshine. Highs 48-52. | Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 33-37. | Tomorrow: Increasing clouds. Highs 51-55. | 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


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SNOW POTENTIAL INDEX

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


SPI: 4 (→) A little wave moving thru Friday night may start as rain but end as snow excitement. Get the SPI on Twitter | Discuss on Facebook

FORECAST IN DETAIL


Today is not a bad day for an afternoon stroll with your valentine. Despite clouds tomorrow, little should fall from the skies, not even an asteroid zipping by. In fact, the only weekend precipitation comes Friday night in the form of rain and/or snow. Then a blast of wintry cold takes hold with below normal temps and wind chills in the 20s. But the cold doesn’t hold as our wimpy winter continues to the bitter end.

Today (Thursday): The clouds race off to the northeast and the sun goes to work full time. Highs end up in the upper 40s to lower 50s. Breezes are light. Confidence: High

Tonight: The stars come out in full force with no threat of clouds until late at night. For all the couples scrambling for their dinner reservations, evening reading should be in the 40s. Lows drop to the mid-30s in most areas with a spot of frost possible in colder suburbs. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Friday): Clouds slowly increase during the course of the morning and by late afternoon there is even a chance for a sprinkle or three. No need to worry about an obscured view of the asteroid since it passes over Russia mid-afternoon. Highs still manage to make the low-to-mid 50s with brisk winds out of the southwest. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: The evening probably provides the best shot at needing a swipe of the windshield wipers. Later on, it is not out of the question that rain transitions to a period of snow. It probably doesn’t amount to much but there is some uncertainty here so stay tuned for updates. Lows end up in the low-to-mid 30s. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Saturday is uneventful as clouds break up and let the sunshine in. However, strengthening north winds make for a chillier day. Highs struggle to make the low-to-mid 40s. If the skies are clear half an hour after sunset and you have an unobstructed view of the horizon, Mercury makes a rare appearance. Overnight lows drop to the low-to-mid 20s in the suburbs and upper 20s are likely in town. Confidence: Medium

Sunday reminds us that it is still winter, if only briefly. The sun is no match for the brisk winds out of the northwest at 15-25 mph. Highs are only in the mid-to-upper 30s and wind chills remain in the 20s. The winds should finally begin to let up by evening but it is still cold. Lows are likely to find the upper teens in normally colder spots and only mid-20s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

Presidents’ Day/Washington’s Birthday/Mondaywhat ever you call it, it is an improvement with plenty of sunshine. Breezes do increase from the south but with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s a quite seasonable day to enjoy. Confidence:Medium-High

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