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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/17/2012

D.C. area forecast: Shower chance late today, remaining mild until late week

* Dense fog advisory through 9 a.m. *

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: AM fog, possible showers late. 54-57. | Tonight: Chance of showers, then partial clearing. 41-46. | Tomorrow: Becoming mostly sunny, breezy. 54-58. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

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FORECAST IN DETAIL


A warmer than average pattern persists this week until a big cold front blasts through the region Thursday into Friday. Then, a seasonably chilly weekend. We see two possible rounds of showers this week: late today and again late Thursday with that big cold front.

Frequently asked question: When are we going to see some snow? I don’t see any potential this week (except maybe flurries well west of town early Friday). But consider more than 90 percent of our snow typically falls after mid-December.


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Today (Monday): Just like last Monday, we begin the week with areas of fog - which may be locally thick. It slowly burns off with mostly cloudy skies through mid-afternoon. A mild breeze from the southeast (5-10 mph) helps temperatures reach the mid-50s. Showers may develop late in the afternoon (30-40 percent chance). Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Showers are possible (40-50 percent chance) this evening and on into the pre-dawn hours. Don’t be surprised if yet another opportunity for rain doesn’t produce much. Overnight lows are relatively mild, only dropping into the low-to-mid 40s. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Tuesday): The cold front that passed by overnight isn’t very strong, setting up another milder than average day. Some cloud cover in the morning gives way to mostly sunny skies. Highs climb into the mid-to-upper 50s. While that sounds pretty warm, the wind will kick up to 15-20 mph with some higher gusts - so it will feel more like the 40s at times. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Partly cloudy skies and chilly. Lows range from the lows 30s in the cooler suburbs to the upper 30s downtown. There’s a lingering breeze from the west at around 10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Wednesday may be the nicest day of the week, or most spring-like at least. Skies are mostly sunny, winds from the west are light (at around 10 mph), and highs reach the mid-to-upper 50s. 60 is not out of the question, especially just south of town Some increasing high clouds Wednesday night with lows 33-40 (suburbs-city). Confidence: Medium-High

The first half of Thursday is likely dry and mild. But clouds increase and showers are a good bet in the afternoon. Highs are probably in the mid-50s. Showers taper off Thursday evening and it turns breezy and colder. Lows are in the 30s. Confidence: Medium

Friday is one of the more wintry days of December so far with gusty winds and chilly temperatures. Under partly sunny skies, highs only manage 40-45. Winds diminish Friday night a bit, but it’s quite cold with lows 24-30 (suburbs-city). Confidence: Medium

The weekend is mostly sunny, dry and seasonably cold. Highs range from the mid-to-upper 40s with lows in the 20s to the low 30s (downtown). Confidence: Medium

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