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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/19/2012

D.C. area forecast: Still mild, but with cold and windy weather closing in

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly to mostly sunny. Mid-to-upper 50s. | Tonight: Mostly clear. Mid-30s to low 40s. | Tomorrow: Increasing clouds. Chance of showers late. Near 50 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


Try to get out for a bit. Plenty of sun and temps well into 50s make for nicest, warmest day we’ll see for a while. Get the Digit on Twitter | Discuss on Facebook

FORECAST IN DETAIL


December in D.C. is running just over seven degrees above normal so far, and today’s highs well into the 50s will only increase that number. Today is a good day to get outside and enjoy the relative warmth. Because while we don’t see a deep freeze in the immediate future, temperatures do slip a little tomorrow, and then a showery cold front late Thursday sends them down to seasonal levels Friday through the weekend. Gusty winds accompany the temperature drop, meaning wind chills in the 30s.

Today (Wednesday): A bit of a breeze from the west-northwest keeps us on the mild side once again. Highs should make the mid-to-upper 50s with partly to mostly sunny skies, and no threat of rain or annoying fog. Enjoy it, because this will probably be the warmest day we see for a while. Confidence: High

Tonight: Mostly clear skies should stay that way most of the night, maybe giving way to increasing clouds toward morning. Lows should bottom mainly in the mid-30s to low 40s (suburbs to city). Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Thursday): We may squeeze out some partly sunny hours during the morning, but skies should go mostly cloudy by later in the morning or during the afternoon, with a 40% chance of late-afternoon showers especially west of town. Despite the increasing clouds, light winds from the southeast should be just mild enough for highs to reach near 50 to the low 50s. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Showers are likely during the evening into the overnight, and it turns windy too as a cold front marches west to east across the area. Some spots, especially the far western suburbs, could see a few snowflakes mixed in as the showers end. By dawn, temperatures fall to lows in the upper 30s to near 40. Confidence: Low-Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Showers should be on their way out early Friday morning, maybe mixing with a snowflake or two as they exit. The balance of the day leaves us with partly sunny skies and a blustery chill. Highs stall out in the 40s, with winds likely gusting over 30 mph keeping wind chills in the 30s. Winds stick around Friday night as lows retreat to near 30 to the mid-30s. Confidence: Medium

A tight pressure gradient overhead means Saturday is probably even more windy than Friday. I wouldn’t be surprised to see gusts near or past 40 mph. Highs look to be stuck in the 40s again under partly sunny skies, feeling colder than that with the wind. Still looks rather breezy Saturday night with lows around the upper 20s to low 30s. Similar story for Sunday with partly to mostly sunny skies and highs in the 40s, though winds should start to ease during the day. Confidence: Medium

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