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

D.C. area forecast: New Year, same old cold and clouds; no significant snow in sight

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Cloudy, slight rain/snow shower chance. 38-42. | Tonight: Evening rain/snow shower risk, then colder. 25-30. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly sunny. 35-40. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

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FORECAST IN DETAIL


Welcome to 2013! I wish I could also say and “now for something completely different”, but honestly I can’t. We’re still faced with a sort of repeat from yesterday with clouds, cold temperatures, and also a slight risk of a light rain or snow shower.

The balance of the week is a little better with dry weather if you have to get back into work, but still expect mainly seasonal to colder-than-normal daytime temperatures. The weekend also looks dry with maybe a bit warmer weather on Saturday, but then colder and breezier again on Sunday. There are increasing signs of a warmer “January Thaw” type pattern coming next week.

Today (Tuesday): Cloudy and cold with a 30% chance of showers to the south and west of D.C. and more like a 20% chance over the city to points north and east. These showers could take the form of light rain, light snow, or a muddled mess like last Saturday’s medley, but coverage and intensities are much lighter if you see anything at all. Highs range from the upper 30s to low 40s again on this cold start to our New Year. Light winds from the west and southwest. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: A slight chance (20%) of an evening shower or flurry again. Otherwise, colder air filters back into the area and we may manage to clear out some of the clouds before dawn. Lows drop down to the mid-20s in the outer suburbs to near 30 in the city. Breezy at times with winds from the northwest at 5-10 mph. Confidence: Medium

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Tomorrow (Wednesday): Partly to mostly sunny skies are favored with cold high temperatures only in the mid-to-upper 30s. Light breezes from the northwest direction at 5 to sometimes 10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Clouds move back into the area with lows ranging from the upper 20s to the middle 30s. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Thursday is favored to be mostly cloudy with cold daytime temperatures again. Moisture from a system well to our south should stay well to our south. But it still shares its cloud cover with our area. That should hold highs in the mid-to-upper 30s in most areas along with light breezes. Thursday night is partly cloudy with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s to possibly low 30s right in the city pending the density of lingering cloud cover. Confidence: Medium

Friday aims for partly to mostly sunny skies with cold weather as yet another high pressure edges into the region. Highs hold in the mid-to-upper 30s with a shot at low 40s in some eastern to southern areas. Friday night is cold again under mostly clear skies as lows reach down to the 20s to near 30. Confidence: Medium

The weekend starts a bit warmer on Saturday with partly sunny skies and highs moving well up into the 40s. A weak cold front edges through Saturday night with some clouds as lows dip into the upper 20s to low 30s. Sunday looks breezy and colder with highs stalled in the 30s again along with passing intermittent cloud cover. Confidence: Low-Medium

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