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

D.C. area forecast: Trending milder as flurry-fest fades

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly cloudy, warmer. 41-46. | Tonight: Cloudy. Flurries. 28-33. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny. 42-47. 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


After recent colder weather, more time in the 40s feels better, but clouds offer a gloom factor yet. 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 (↓) Tonight’s snow prospects super-puny. Outside chance of flakes early Friday. Get the SPI on Twitter | Discuss on Facebook

FORECAST IN DETAIL


Our flurry finale is tonight and it doesn’t look like much right now. Temperatures are trending warmer in the coming days as we take another winter break from recent colder conditions. We still need to watch a possible weather system on Friday, but otherwise, the weekend is looking seasonal to warmer-than-normal with dry weather and some sunshine. Not bad for February.

Temperatures: Latest D.C. area temperature map. See interactive map on our Weather Wall.

Today (Tuesday): We’ll be in-between weak weather systems today, but it doesn’t look like the clouds will break up all that much in the interim. Mostly cloudy skies should dominate the story. Highs should be warmer though with low-to-mid 40s favored along with light breezes. Confidence: High

Tonight: More clouds than not with scattered flurries in the late evening towards the overnight hours. Not much is expected, but northern areas could pick up a light coating. Temperatures are not terribly cold with upper 20s to low 30s (maybe even staying at or above freezing right in the city). Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Wednesday): Partly to mostly sunny skies make the low-to-mid 40s feel warmer at times as light breezes offer no trouble. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: Mostly clear skies and light winds offer colder overnight lows with a range from the low 20s in the outer suburbs to the upper 20s in the warmer city. Confidence: High

A LOOK AHEAD

Thursday may start mostly sunny, but could see clouds returning in the afternoon to shave a few degrees off the high temperatures. We still like low-to-mid 40s though. Thursday night is partly to mostly cloudy with lows in the upper 20s to low 30s. Confidence: Medium-high

Friday is currently the most challenging forecast day of this period as the weather guidance is very diversified. We could just stay partly to mostly cloudy with highs in the low-to-mid 40s again. Or a storm system could approach the area with mixed morning precipitation and afternoon showers as temperatures hold more in the mid-to-upper 30s instead. For now, let’s say a 40% chance of showers and we’ll have to watch it closely. Friday night is partly to mostly cloudy yet with lows in the upper 20s to low 30s. Confidence: Low

The weekend doesn’t look too bad at all. Partly to mostly sunny skies are expected on Saturday with partly sunny skies on Sunday with possible increasing clouds late in the day. Saturday should offer low-to-mid 40s again, but Sunday aims for mid-to-upper 40s as some spots potentially hit 50. Saturday night lows should be in the upper 20s to low 30s under partly cloudy skies. Confidence: Low-Medium

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