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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/27/2012

D.C. area forecast: Walloping winds will dry area off, more wintry weather headed our way Saturday

* Wind advisory 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today *

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Becoming mostly sunny and very windy. Highs 40-44. | Tonight: Still windy and clearing. Lows 26-30. | Tomorrow: Increasing clouds, diminishing winds. Highs 39-43. | 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


At least there is sun but carrying around lead weights to keep from flying away is kind of a drag. 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 (→) - Saturday snow threat sticks around, but whether snow sticks another story. Get the SPI on Twitter | Discuss on Facebook

FORECAST IN DETAIL


Anybody feel like they are in a car wash? First we were deluged with a sloshing of white stuff, now comes the big blow dry. Winds gusting to 45 mph require a bit of caution. Next, we turn our attention to the potential wintry weather on Saturday and this one looks a little more snow prone but a switch to a rain mix could hold down accumulations. In any event, it should all be gone by Sunday night in time for the big Redskins game.

Today (Thursday): When you get up and head out, watch out for slick spots from overnight re-freezing, especially north and west of the District. Clouds fly across the sky today but showers should be long gone. The winds pummel us with 20-30 mph sustained and gusts to 45 mph. Over the course of the day sunny interludes become more frequent but highs do no better than lower 40s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: The stars are prevalent but winds are slow to drop off. Look for gusts to near 35 mph with 15 mph sustained. Lows hold in the mid-to-upper 20s. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Friday): Sunshine is abundant most of the day but clouds start to increase later in the afternoon. The main advantage is being able to walk upright again with only light winds. Highs should do no better than upper 30s to lower 40s as cold air has the upper hand. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Clouds thicken overnight but precipitation is not likely until daybreak. Lows hold in the upper 20s to lower 30s. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Saturday is likely to start off with some light snow. If and how soon it mixes with or changes over to rain depends on the storm track and whether you are north and west of the city, where it is most likely to stay as snow. This system is not a powerhouse storm like Wednesday’s so even if it did stay snow it would probably only amount to 2 to 4 inches. Light winds should help with the visibility. Highs should be mainly upper 30s. The precipitation is likely to end by mid-afternoon. Skies gradually clear overnight and lows should be mid-to-upper 20s. Confidence: Low-Medium

Sunday clears out nicely. While chilly, it’s a pretty seasonable day for this time of year with highs in the lower 40s. Temperatures drop off notably in the evening making for a near freezing Fed Ex Field. Lows end up in the 20s. Confidence: Medium

New Years Eve (Monday) is another typical winter day with mainly sunny skies and highs in the upper 30s to lower 40s. The evening is fine for the revelers but bundle up as readings should be near freezing. Confidence: Medium

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