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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/12/2013

D.C. area forecast: Sunshine returns with wet weather Wednesday, maybe ending as snow

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Sunny, breezy. 50-55. | Tonight: Clouds increase. 30-37. | Tomorrow: Cloudy with P.M. rain/snow. 41-45. | 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


We’ll relish the sunshine and warmer-than-normal temperatures, but the breeze adds a chill. 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: 5 (↑) - Sloppy light accumulation poss Wed night; weekend snow odds iffy at best. Get the SPI on Twitter | Discuss on Facebook

FORECAST IN DETAIL


After yesterday’s rain showers, we only get a one day time-out with sunshine before another weather system moves in. As of now, temperatures look warm enough to keep the precipitation as rain tomorrow afternoon, but tomorrow evening into night could find some transition over to snow especially north and west of the city. Quiet weather closes the work week before a cold blast and slight chance of snow this weekend.

Today (Tuesday): Sunny skies and breezy conditions offer us a drying out day today as highs push into the low-to-mid 50s. Winds from the west at 10-15 mph offer a bit of a wind chill to make it feel more frequently like the mid-to-upper 40s. Also, the dew points drop off quite a bit, creating a very dry contrast to yesterday. Confidence: High

Tonight: The next round of cloud cover begins to edge into our area overnight, which should hold temperatures up a bit higher. Lows should range through the 30s. And the breezes become light. Confidence: High

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

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Cloudy with rain developing by early to middle afternoon. Temperatures should have time to reach up to the low-to-mid 40s before the precipitation begins to cool them back a bit. Some far western and northwestern suburbs could cool enough by late afternoon to see the precipitation mix with and change to sleet/snow. But temperatures should remain warm enough to keep the roads wet not white. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Rain likely transitions to mixed precipitation and/or snow before ending around midnight. The best chance of accumulating snow is out towards Leesburg and Frederick though we can’t entirely rule out a sloppy accumulation (mainly on grassy areas) in town. We’ll have more details on this system midday. Temperatures drop into the 30s and settle toward the low-to-mid 30s toward dawn. Confidence: Low-Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Thursday and Friday are generally mostly sunny, breezy, and on the seasonal to warmer side with highs in the upper 40s to low 50s. Temperatures on Thursday night dip into the low-to-mid 30s. Friday night turns partly cloudy and colder with lows dropping into the mid-to-upper 20s. Confidence: Medium-High

The holiday weekend returns colder weather to our area along with an additional chance of snow. Low pressure might pass close enough to our south and east to offer a chance of snow later Saturday into Saturday night. Models are in conflict on this potential, so check back for updates. But highs on Saturday and Sunday should be in the 30s with lows in the 20s. Cloudy skies on Saturday and Saturday night could start to clear on Sunday. President’s Day Monday is looking partly to mostly sunny, but cold with highs in the 30s and lows in the teens and 20s. Confidence: Low

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