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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/09/2013

D.C. area forecast: Windy conditions behind New England blizzard; milder start to next week

* Wind advisory through at least 6 a.m. Saturday *

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly to mostly sunny. Windy, easing late. Mid-30s to near 40. | Tonight: Mostly clear, winds becoming light. Upper teens to mid-20s. | Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. 42-48. | 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


Cold, windy. Plus the sadness of missing a blizzard. 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: 3 (↓) - Pattern relaxes for a few days behind big storm. Mid-to-late week may prove promising, but need to see more. Get the SPI on Twitter | Discuss on Facebook

FORECAST IN DETAIL


We didn’t get anything from the blizzard compared to New York City and New England, but we are dealing with its effects still today. The main impacts will continue to be wind and colder temperatures. Those winds should subside heading into and through tonight, but cold reaches its peak as skies clear. Fear not! Warmer air arrives for Sunday and through at least early next week.

Today (Saturday): Let’s start on the positive side: Lots of sun. Otherwise, it’s windy and rather cold. Temperatures head for the mid-30s to near 40. Add in sustained winds as high as 15 to 25 mph, particularly in the first half of the day, and you’ve got wind chills below freezing at most times. Gusts may still reach as high as ~35-40 mph as well, but winds do begin to drop off late day as the New England blizzard pulls away. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: It’s still breezy into the evening, though winds continue to diminish. Mix that with clear skies and “fresh” cold air, and you’ve got lows possibly falling into the upper teens in the coldest spots to the mid-and-upper 20s in the warmest. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Sunday): We start the day with cold temperatures and lots of sun. Temperatures should quickly rise, and if we’re lucky, we keep the sun much of the day. We should see clouds on the increase late though as a storm system moves toward us but well to the northwest. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Clouds thicken and lower through the evening with rain becoming more likely (50% chance) after midnight. With clouds around, and that chance of rain, temperatures are held in check near freezing in the colder spots to perhaps upper 30s downtown. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

On Monday there’s a good chance (50%) of rain at least in the morning on Monday as a big low to the northwest pushes a cold front our direction. This rain may keep temperatures in check from potential (which is near or above 60). For now, a safer call is probably about 52-58, but those mild winds ahead of the front might send us higher. Rain odds should be down as the day goes on and winds shift to the northwest. Confidence: Medium

Tuesday looks pretty nice from here. Skies are partly to mostly sunny, with some moderate northwest breezes. Even though a cold front came through, we don’t cool off a ton, with highs ranging from near 50 to the mid-50s. Confidence: Medium

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