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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 05/05/2011

Forecast: Chilly start but a mild ending

Weekend requires raindrop dodging but lots of dry time too

(originally posted at 5 a.m., updated at 11:00 a.m. to add language about the possibility of more clouds, showers on Mother’s Day.)

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Sunny, breezy. 68-72. | Tonight: Mostly clear. 41-47. | Tomorrow: Increasing clouds, sprinkles late. 69-73. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Today is the one dependably dry day of the next five. However, any showers we get over the weekend should be light, scattered and short-lived. I know that’s not much comfort trying to plan outdoor events but with mild temperatures I will certainly be taking the chance. Hopefully, Mother Nature will give all the moms out there a break on Sunday and keep the showers at bay and yes that is my pick for the forecast too! If nothing else, we can pray that the showers this weekend are enough to quell the tree pollen assault once and for all.

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Today (Thursday): A sunny but nippy start to this day. Winds are brisk from the northwest at 10-20 mph, which should get the pollen flying again...oh boy. A strong mid spring sun pushes readings into the upper 60s to lower 70s by afternoon. Confidence: High

Tonight: A sliver of a moon rises in the clear dusky skies. The air is dry and winds are calming. This fosters a fairly quick drop through the 60s into the 50s in the evening. Lows are a good 10 degrees below average, ranging from lower 40s suburbs to upper 40s downtown. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Friday): This day starts with lots of promise as sunny skies should be the rule. However, a weak upper level disturbance zips our way from the Midwest and the result is gradually increasing clouds beginning mid-morning. Temperatures are still likely to reach the upper 60s to lower 70s again. It probably won’t be mostly cloudy until mid-afternoon and the 40% chance of some showers is likely to be reserved for late in the day. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Showers are still possible (30%) for the early evening making an umbrella in hand a good guarantee that they stay away! Clouds linger through much of the night. Lows should hold in the upper 40s to lower 50s. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Saturday should be a winner...with just a little luck! Skies should be partly sunny for the morning and early afternoon with highs reaching the low-to-mid 70s. Another darn upper level disturbance comes rushing out of the Midwest by evening and brings with it a 30% chance of showers. Again, the event would be light and brief. Lows should only fall to the upper 40s to mid-50s. Confidence: Medium

Sunday has the potential to be a great Mother’s Day with partly sunny skies and mild temperatures. On the other hand, there is yet another weak disturbance that could result in a cloudier, damper outcome. I would still have to give a 20-30% chance of showers. Highs should rise to the low-to-mid 70s but could hold in the 60s if clouds are more prevalent. Overnight lows gently fall to the mid-to-upper 50s. Confidence: Low-Medium

Monday continues our string of approaching upper level lows. This far out timing is close to impossible but that has never stopped me. Current best guess is another partly sunny beginning with increasing afternoon clouds and showers (40% chance) by evening. Temperatures continue to be flawless with highs reaching the low-to-mid 70s yet again. Confidence: Medium

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