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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/20/2012

Forecast: A chilly President’s Day, then an unseasonably mild work week

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day's weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

 
Sunny holiday, chilly, not cold. Woulda liked a fresh blanket of white...oh well.
 
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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly sunny, 45-50. | Tonight: Clear and cold. 23-30. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny, 48-54. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Some snow lovers held out hope for some unlikely snowflakes Sunday. But unless they resided near Fredericksburg or farther south, they were no doubt disappointed. The upcoming week offers little promise for snow, but warm weather fans will smile, much like they have all winter. After some “chilly” upper 40s today, we’re mainly in the 50s and 60s through Friday. It probably cools down some next weekend.

Snow Potential Index: 1 (↓) - Near zero, but outside chance of snow showers early next Sat AM w/ cold front.
 
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Today (Monday): Most spots begin the day in the low 30s, but climb into the 40s by late morning. High temperatures range from the mid-to-upper 40s. That’s good enough to melt any snow where it exists. Winds are from the north at 10-15 mph. Confidence: High

Tonight: The breeze subsides and it’s a clear, cold night. Lows range from the low-to-mid 20s in the colder suburbs to near 30 downtown. Confidence: High

Keep reading to find out when winter finally shows...

Tomorrow (Tuesday): Mostly sunny skies to begin the day may give way to some more clouds in the afternoon as a warm front nears. Highs should range from the upper 40s to lower 50s. A light breeze from the south kicks in during the afternoon. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Partly to mostly cloudy and not as cold. Lows range from near 40 downtown to the low-to-mid 30s in the colder suburbs. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Wednesday and Thursday are partly to mostly cloudy and mild, with flow from the south and southwest through the region. Both days should warm well into the 50s, with 60-65 or so a good bet Thursday if we get sufficient sunshine. It’s relatively mild both Wednesday and Thursday nights, with lows in the 40s. Confidence: Medium-High

Friday’s a volatile day as a strong cold front approaches. But out ahead of it, we may get a nice warm surge, with temps rising into the 60s (even to near 70?). During the afternoon or evening - depending on the exact timing of the front - showers are likely and even the rumble of thunder. Then it turns sharply colder Friday night, with lows dropping back into the 30s. Can’t totally rule out a snow flurry late, but it’s pretty unlikely. Confidence: Medium

A much colder airmass arrives for the weekend, with highs both Saturday and Sunday from 40-45, and overnight lows in the 20s. Each day is dry, with a bit of breeze on Saturday. Confidence: Medium

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