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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 03/11/2011

Forecast: Clearing, seasonal and better to come

Splendid sunny weekend, highs around 60!

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Clearing for the end of workweek & average-level temps in the 50s. Slightly breezy, but better than Thursday's rain!
 
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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Sunshine attempts comeback, breezy. Low-to-mid 50s. | Tonight: Variable clouds. 30-36. | Tomorrow: Very sunny. Near 60 to mid-60s. | Sunday: Still sunny! Not quite as warm. Mid-50s to near 60. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Whew, we get a chance to dry out. While we needed the rain, that was quite a lot in a short period of time. Mother Nature is sending us compensation in the form of increasingly sunny conditions, especially this weekend. Temperatures head higher, from today’s very seasonable, nearly-average highs in the low-to-mid 50s, toward (or above) the 60 degree mark this weekend. The workweek starts a bit chillier, cloudier, with slight potential of for some precipitation.

Snow Potential Index: 1 (→) - Nothing major on the horizon except small possibility of wet flakes mixing in with precipitation Monday night or early Tuesday. Snow lovers, would that satiate you at all? Accumulation appears unlikely so far.
 
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Today (Friday): Calmer than yesterday, but we still have a few clouds plus a breeze to contend with. High temperatures in the low-to-mid 50s are near the typical average high of 54 downtown, but if the clouds hide the sun concurrent with a breeze from the west in the 10-15 mph range, it may require some layering. Confidence : High

Tonight: Breezes slacken, as temperatures head steadily to their early morning lows -- in the 30 degree range outside the Beltway, perhaps mid-30s downtown. There could be a few clouds around too, so I’m not sure if the moon or stars are visible all night. Dress warmly if staying out late! Confidence : Medium-High

How much can we get outdoors this weekend? Keep reading...

Tomorrow (Saturday): This could be our best day of the weekend. Very sunny skies and quickly rising temperatures head toward afternoon highs near 60 to perhaps mid-60s (south of town). Breezes still can be felt a bit -- but lighter than Friday -- around 5-10 mph out of the west. You might want to take David’s advice and get out in the garden! Confidence : Medium-High

Tomorrow night: A pleasant evening in the 50s should slowly cool downward to the upper 30s in the suburbs, perhaps low-to-mid 40s possible downtown. We’ll have a few clouds, associated with a weak -- and dry -- cold front attempting to quietly move through. Ahead of it, temperatures are actually bolstered a bit. Turn your clocks ahead one hour! 2 a.m. becomes 3 a.m. -- don’t forget! Confidence : Medium

Sunday: It’s just a touch cooler in the mid-50s to near 60. But this cooler, dryer air should be somewhat noticeable. It won’t be quite as springlike as Saturday. At least we should see sunny skies, without the threat of precip! Confidence : Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Later sunset (after 7 p.m.) on Sunday night doesn’t prevent temperatures from plummeting. A sub-freezing night is a good bet in Winchester and Frederick or similar locales. Spots inside the Beltway, may be milder near freezing or toward the mid-30s. Clear skies help allow all low-level warm air at the surface escape higher into the atmosphere. Brrr. The cooler, dryer air may not have been as noticeable during the day, but after the sun sets it is! Confidence : Low-Medium

Early week may feature a battle with clouds winning vs. the sunshine for prominence. Temperatures both days should have highs in the upper-40s to lower 50s. Sunshine makes an appearance at least early on Monday, but clouds increase during the day. Showers could threaten by the overnight. Snow flakes possibly mix in west and northwest of town? Tuesday could remain murky with clouds and showers but it isn’t clear yet on timing of the rain, if much falls at all. Confidence : Low

By Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 03/11/2011

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