D.C. area forecast: Wind tossed and sunny today, damp and dreary weekend ahead

March 14, 2013
EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly sunny, windy. 43-48. Tonight: Starry skies and calming winds. 23-31. Tomorrow: Sunny and not as breezy. 54-59.


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FORECAST IN DETAIL


Today (Thursday): Lots of sun starts this day off but the wind steadily builds. By midday, sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph, gusting to 40 mph take much of the nice out of the day. Highs struggle to the mid-to-upper 40s as a few cumulus clouds puff up in the afternoon. Confidence: High

Tonight: Enjoy the stars tonight for it will be the last we see of them for several days. The winds die down mercifully in the evening but 40s quickly become 30s. Lows end up in the mid-to-upper 20s in the suburbs to the lower 30s in town. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Friday): This is the best day I have to offer so take advantage of the splendid sun and nicely climbing temperatures. Highs reach the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds are content at 5-15 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: The clouds roll in early and plan on setting up camp for a few days. Things at least stay dry for now. Lows only drift down to the upper 30s to lower 40s. Confidence: High

A LOOK AHEAD

Saturday dawns cloudy and stays that way. Unfortunately for you Rock and Roll runners there is a 60 percent chance of morning showers. The only good news is they are mostly light as are the winds. Run time temperatures are mainly 40s so watch out for hypothermia. Highs will top out in the low-to-mid 50s as there could be a few breaks in the clouds in the afternoon. Clouds thicken back up in the evening but showers should be much less likely for you people out getting a jump on St. Patty’s Day! Look for lows in the mid-to-upper 30s. Confidence: Medium

Sunday’s forecast is highly uncertain and is dependent on the exact position of a stalled out front and the timing of low pressure developing along it. Precipitation is probably spotty and light with just a 40 percent chance of measurable rainfall, with best chances late in the day. Clouds are thick and lowering today as colder air starts to funnel down from the north. The result is highs only in the mid-to-upper 40s. Where is the luck of the Irish when we need it?

Showers, possibly mixing with snow (especially north and northwest of town) may get a little more generous overnight and lows fall into chilly mid-to-upper 30s. Confidence: Low

Monday is not much better than Sunday with a 50% chance of showers through the day and highs only in the mid-to-upper 40s. Confidence: Low-Medium

David Streit grew up on a farm/ranch in Nebraska. Witness to severe weather of all varieties focused his career path. Degrees from the universities of Nebraska and Wisconsin prepared him to be a forecaster for Capital Weather Gang as well as his day job as COO of Commodity Weather Group.
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