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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 04/10/2012

Forecast: Chilly, windy, dry today and tomorrow; big warm-up by weekend

* Fire weather (red flag) warning 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. entire region *

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly cloudy, windy, cool. 57-63. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy, breezy, chilly. 35-40.| Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, cool. Slight shower risk. 54-59. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

TODAY'S DAILY DIGIT

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FORECAST IN DETAIL


A rare event is happening over the next few days. A bona fide Canadian air mass is dropping south of the border to deliver below normal temperatures, windy weather, very dry air, and generally uncomfortable, less spring-like conditions. This pesky weather lingers into Wednesday and only slow fades by Thursday and Friday. The good news is that the timing is working out so this weekend should see a fantastic temperature recovery to the 70s and maybe even 80F on Sunday. (But we need rain, and I don’t see much).

Today (Tuesday): Low pressure stalled around New England combines forces with a moderate high pressure area dropping into the Midwest to send in chilly, windy weather today. Highs should range through the mid-to-upper 50s into the low 60s under partly cloudy skies. But winds from 10-20 mph with gusts to 25 mph mean it could really feel like the upper 40s to middle 50s a lot of the time. The air mass really dries out too with dew points plunging into the 20s this afternoon. This means another day of fire risk (no outside burning, please!) and lots of lip balm. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy skies with continued breezy conditions and chilly temperatures down in the mid-to-upper 30s. The clouds and breezes should prevent any freezing concerns. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Wednesday): The Canadian high pressure is still approaching our area from the Great Lakes. A weak weather disturbance could swing through in advance of it, triggering a 20% chance of light showers today. Otherwise, cloudy skies cap our temperatures in the mid-to-upper 50s. Typically colder spots in the far northern suburbs may struggle to even reach the middle 50s. With breezes still running at 10-15 mph, it will also feel colder than what it is. Yuck. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Partly cloudy, breezy, and lows in the mid-to-upper 30s again. This is still “coat weather.” Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Thursday sees our spring-robbing Canadian high pressure moving right overhead. The two advantages are sunny skies and calmer winds. That way, temperatures moving into the mid-to-upper 50s actually feel like the mid-to-upper 50s (or maybe warmer right in the sun). Thursday night is mostly clear with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s, but watch out in the typical colder spots as those calm winds and clear skies could push some areas down to the freezing level. Confidence: Medium

Friday features our first chance to get back into the more seasonal 60s as high pressure heads toward its East Coast exit. Mostly sunny skies may make this the best day of the work week outside of the fact that it is Friday anyway. By Friday night, temperatures should range from the low-to-mid 40s under mostly clear skies. Confidence: Medium

The weekend is trending drier and warmer with partly to mostly sunny skies. Highs Saturday in the lower 70s shift to mid-to-upper 70s on Sunday and some guidance argues the case for temperatures reaching or breaching 80 degrees. Lows Saturday night should be in the 40s to around 50 with partly cloudy skies. Confidence: Low-Medium

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