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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 03/08/2012

Forecast: Blissful warmth today gets shaved back by cold front tonight

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly sunny, breezy. 68-72. | Tonight: Cloudy with showers late. 46-52. | Tomorrow: Clearing by mid-day. 59-63. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

We get our spring spoiling over with today but the weekend chill down is pretty tame. A few showers with a potent cold front tonight are welcome for our awakening gardens. We do have to put up with one below normalday on Saturday. Other than that, temperatures remain mild and sunshine is our companion for the next several days. I just wish we didn’t have to give up an hour of sleep Saturday night for our brighter evenings.

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Today (Thursday): The full moon sets as the sun rises on a beautiful day. Temperatures climb rapidly until mid-afternoon when clouds should start to build in from an approaching cold front. Highs in the upper 60s to lower 70s are nice. The winds from the south are are a hair teaser, running 15-25 mph. Confidence: High

Tonight: An approaching cold front should not set off showers until late evening. Rain chances are 70%. Cloudy skies squelch any aurora watching. Winds remain strong from the south at 10-20 mph but shift to north by late night. Lows only slip to the mid-to-upper 40s. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Friday): There may be a few lingering sprinkles for you earlier risers. Most of us only witness a quick exit of the clouds by mid-morning. Sunshine for the remainder of the day allows highs to reach the lower 60s in most areas despite the brisk breeze from the north. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: Skies are a star filled delight and don’t miss the “near collision” of Jupiter and Venus in the southwestern sky. Winds die down during the evening and temperatures are in free fall through the 50s and into the 40s. Suburbs are likely to see frost by morning with upper 20s to lower 30s for lows. Confidence: High

A LOOK AHEAD

Saturday Despite a bright sun and nearly 12 hours of daylight now, the air mass overhead is a chilly one. Temperatures struggle to do better than upper 40s to lower 50s. At least breezes are very light, so no windchill. The evening is crystal clear and lows bottom out in the upper 20s to lower 30s for a second night. Confidence: High

Sunday sees the sun come up an hour later (ok, it is just the daylight savings time trick) but it still does a great job of warming us up. Under clear skies and light winds, highs in the upper 50s to lower 60s are just dandy. Enjoy the late sunset as readings hover in the 50s. Overnight lows should range from the upper 30s outside the beltway to mid-40s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

Monday should start out sunny but may see some increase in clouds by afternoon. This slows the warm up just a tad, but highs still make respectable levels with everyone in the 60s. Confidence: Medium

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