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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/22/2012

D.C. area forecast: Mild sunshine to be thankful for next two days, cold blast on Saturday

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Sunny and calm. Highs 57-61. | Tonight: Starlit skies. Lows 30-38. | Tomorrow: Mainly sunny, increasing breezes. Highs 59-63. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

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FORECAST IN DETAIL


This is no turkey, just one great day to head over to grandma’s house or get out and jog, bike, shoot hoops or whatever before eating way too much. For all you “mall-sters” the weather tomorrow could not be better, so shop away. A rude awakening lies ahead for the weekend with an Arctic blast on Saturday that should finally end the growing season in most of D.C. and give us a good excuse to stay indoors.

Thanksgiving Day (Thursday): What a great day to have off! Blue skies and minimal breezes invite us all outdoors. Hopefully the cooks have some time to get out and enjoy highs in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Confidence: High

Tonight: The evening remains great for those of us walking off the turkey with readings in the 50s. However, with clear, calm conditions the overnight lows end up in the 30s (lower suburbs, upper downtown). Bundle up you midnight shoppers! Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Friday): The day starts out in bright sunshine but some clouds should start to sneak in before dusk. Breezes are initially very light but pick up from the southwest by afternoon so hold on to those shopping bags. Highs remain mighty nice in the upper 50s to lower 60s.. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: The winds shift in the evening to come from the northwest and build through the night as Arctic air comes pouring in. There could be a few sprinkles in the evening but measurable rain chances are practically nil. Lows reach the mid-to-upper 30s. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Saturday is a rude awakening with strong winds from the northwest at 15-20 mph, gusting to 35 mph. The consolation is skies partially clear early in the day. Highs struggle to make the low-to-mid 40s and a few flurries may even get squeezed out of the scattered clouds (mainly towards the mountains). The cold really settles in by sundown and a freeze is likely across the entire area. Lows reach the mid-20s to lower 30s. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday winds calm down but temperatures have a way to go. Thanks to bright skies, highs do finally end up in the mid-to-upper 40s. The clear skies overnight allow lows to drop to the upper 20s to mid-30s so bundle up. Confidence: Medium-High

Monday has a little more oomph in the warm-up department. Mostly sunny skies allow highs to hit the low-to-mid 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

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