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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/04/2013

D.C. area forecast: More sun than not today and into the weekend

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Some clouds, more sun. Brisk. 38-43. | Tonight: Chilly, clear. 23-29. | Tomorrow: Sunnier, weaker breeze. Low-to-mid 40s. | Sunday: More clouds than sun. 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


Chilly w/ that west wind, but more sunshine than clouds should keep us upbeat as we end this short week! 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 (→) - Could probably be zero. But since it’s Jan, and there might be a sprinkle Sun night... well, you never know. Get the SPI on Twitter | Discuss on Facebook

FORECAST IN DETAIL


The word boring comes to mind, but so does worry-free. Weather this tranquil deserves some credit, especially if it attempts to throw our way more sunshine than cloud cover through much of the period. Despite potential Sunday clouds, we should break back into more sun on Monday. If it were colder, I would think we lived in the tundra!

Today (Friday): A few periods of clouds are possible, especially in the early morning and midday hours, but we should still enjoy plenty of sunshine. Moderate westerly winds around 10-15 mph may create a colder-feeling chill than true afternoon high temperatures in the upper 30s to low 40s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Would anyone take their telescope outside in these conditions? Well, mainly clear skies and wintertime air (with fewer aerosols and less humidity) should make for good gazing if so. Low temperatures in the mid-to-upper 20s may make you grab that thermal underwear, if outside for long periods! Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Saturday): Slightly enjoyable if you like sunshine? Hope so! Breezes out of the west at 5-10 mph may still remind you it is winter, though. High temperatures struggle just a bit, but still manage to make it into the low-to-mid 40s. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: More clouds than stars should be visible overnight. (Update, 5:22 p.m. Friday: a little light snow or rain could develop late at night). Lows drop to the mid-20s for folks in the clearest of spots outside the Beltway, to lower 30s downtown. Confidence: Medium

Sunday: This may be a somewhat overcast day, but seeing even a late-day sprinkle chance in your location should remain a very low (10%) chance. Hopefully peeks of sunshine can warm us into the mid-40s or maybe even higher; however, if we see fully overcast skies and no sunshine, lower 40s may be all we can manage. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Sunday night requires some bundling up because temperatures head down fairly quickly toward the mid-20s to lower 30s (downtown) by sunrise. Skies should be partly to mostly cloudy, and again I can’t totally rule out a sprinkle or random snowflake. Confidence: Medium-High

Monday temperatures could only hit our usual low-to-mid 40s temperature range. It feels a bit chilly with a few clouds and a light breeze, but it should be tolerable with a good deal of sunshine warming us a bit. Confidence: Medium-High

Tuesday sunshine should remain fairly brilliant, keeping some of our Seasonal Affective Disorder at bay. High temperatures start what should be a few days of warmer readings as they reach the mid-and-upper 40s. Will you enjoy the thaw? Confidence: Low-Medium

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