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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/13/2013

D.C. area forecast: Rain showers today may change to a little snow tonight

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly cloudy. Increasing chance of rain showers. Mid-40s. | Tonight: Rain likely, may mix with or change to snow. Low-to-mid 30s. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly sunny. Upper 40s to low 50s. | 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


Typical February temps in the 40s. Take the umbrella for rain showers. Snow (if any) waits til evening. 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: 4 (↓) - Nothing major. Maybe light accumulation tonight mainly higher elevations north & west. A few weekend snow showers possible as well. Get the SPI on Twitter | Discuss on Facebook

FORECAST IN DETAIL


Well this forecast isn’t likely to satisfy anyone, really. Hopes for snow lovers are down once again, though not completely out, with no significant snowfall on the horizon. Meanwhile, I’ve got bad news for those who would like to hang on to the relatively mild temperatures - a cold front is poised to put an end to them just in time for the holiday weekend. On the plus side of things, at least there’s no big storm to disrupt travel locally.

Today (Wednesday): We start on the mild side for mid-February with early-morning lows in the mid-30s to near 40. But any early peeks of sun are quickly clouded over by overcast skies which limit highs to the mid-40s. Occasional light showers are possible late morning through early afternoon with steadier showers likely mid-to-late afternoon. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: As evening temperatures fall ino the 30s rain *may* mix with or change to snow, especially north of around I-66/D.C./Rt. 50, before ending by around midnight. If colder air arrives fast enough then a coating is possible, especially northern sections on grass. It seems more likely, though, that colder air will be slow to come in, which would likely confine any minor accumulations to higher elevations north and west (i.e., Frederick and northern Loudoun counties). Lows by morning are mainly in the low-to-mid 30s. Confidence: Low-Medium

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

Tomorrow (Thursday): Skies should turn partly to mostly sunny by Thursday morning and should stay that way through the day. By afternoon we’re into a somewhat mild breeze from the southwest with highs likely in the upper 40s to low 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Our heating bills enjoy yet another evening of above-average temperatures. Lows settle into the 30s across the suburbs and upper 30s to near 40 downtown under partly cloudy skies. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Friday we squeeze out one more mild day in this stretch with partly sunny skies boosting highs into the 50s. Can’t rule out a rain or snow shower Friday night as a cold front moves through and lows fall to near 30 to the mid-30s. Confidence: Medium

Presidents’ Day Weekend often features a storm around these parts and for a time it looked like that may be the case this time as well. But the latest model trends suggest nothing more than chilly and breezy conditions Saturday and Sunday with a chance of flurries or snow showers and highs in the mid-30s to low 40s. Winds ease and temperatures moderate by Presidents’ Day itself with highs in the 40s to near 50. Confidence: Medium

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