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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/07/2012

Forecast: Another “toasty” winter day, then cooling off a smidge

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly sunny. Near 60 to mid-60s. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. Near freezing to upper 30s. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny. Near 50. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

How did you like yesterday’s highs around and above 60 degrees? If you were a fan, then you’ll surely enjoy today’s near repeat. Take it in, as this could be the warmest day for quite some time. We do still have a decent stretch of mild -- cooler than today -- temperatures coming up through much of the work week before the next cold shot heading toward the weekend. It certainly could be worse in the heart of winter!

Snow Potential Index: 1 (→) - Still keepin' part of one eye on early-week system. But snow hopes continue rather dismal around here.
 
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Today (Saturday): We’ve got another mostly sunny, with increased clouds late, day ahead and mild temperatures on tap. As soon as the sun rises, we quickly head for temperatures near and above 60, and probably even toward the mid-60s. A mild west and eventually (late or post-sunset) northwest breeze blows around 5-10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: A dry cold front -- along with a few clouds -- passes through, probably early if not by late afternoon. There may briefly be a kick of northwest and north winds behind it, but they’ll diminish again during the night. It’s not that strong of a front, but enough to push lows back to near or just below freezing in the ‘burbs to the upper 30s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the beginning of next week...

Tomorrow (Sunday): It’s cooler than we see today, but still warmer than it should be this time of year. Partly sunny skies (with increasing clouds possible late) mix with a light breeze from the north to make for a pretty decent end to the weekend. Highs rise to around 50. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: A wave of low pressure appears as if it will pass almost due east, through North Carolina, and ultimately off the coast. On its way, it should send in some clouds to start. That means we’re probably mostly cloudy through the night. As of now it appears it should stay far enough south to keep us dry. But, it’s close enough to watch. Lows reach near 30 in outlying areas to the mid-or-upper 30s downtown. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Some lingering clouds may stay around through a good part of the day on Monday, as well as an outside risk of a shower or even a snowflake (20% chance). With any luck we’ll end up at least partly cloudy by the second half of the day, but I’m not entirely confident of that. Temperatures are probably in the ballpark of Sunday, with highs reaching near 50. Overnight lows? 30-35 or so Confidence: Medium

Most, or all, of Tuesday looks decent with partly to mostly sunny skies as a more significant low pressure system winds up over the South. It’s coming our way, but most initial effects should wait till after sunset, though we could see some increased clouds late. Highs should shoot for the low-to-mid 50s. Confidence: Medium

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