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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/21/2012

Forecast: Clouds return as temperatures warm; 70 on Thursday?!?

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Less sunshine, especially by afternoon, but temperatures are warming nicely.
 
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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Increasing cloud cover. 49-54. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy, warmer. 34-40. | Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. 57-62. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

After some relatively colder air over the weekend, we are on a trajectory toward big-time warming in the days ahead. After mainly 40s yesterday, look for 50s for highs in most spots today. Tomorrow, most areas should acheive the 60s, while we could reach or exceed the 70-degree mark on Thursday ahead of a big cold front on Friday. That cold front could trigger some heavy weather (heavy rains, thunderstorms, windy conditions) and put us back towards the direction of February weather for the weekend.

Snow Potential Index: 1 (→) - Some flurries or snow showers are possible Friday night or Saturday morning behind a big cold front.
 
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Today (Tuesday): We should see some sunshine this morning, but clouds increase today to offer a mostly cloudy afternoon as a warm front reaches into the area. Highs reach into the low-to-mid 50s in most areas, but a few typically colder spots could peak in the upper 40s instead. Winds shift early in the day to start coming from the south and then southwest at 5-15 mph. Confidence: High

Tonight: Mostly cloudy and not as cold with lows in the mid-30s to around 40. Light breezes from the southwest. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Partly cloudy skies are favored with occasional peeks of sunshine, but there is a chance we just get too much cloud cover and stay mostly cloudy most of the day. Despite the overcast, light winds from the southwest keep pumping in milder temperatures. Highs reach higher with upper 50s to low 60s expected. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Partly to mostly cloudy skies with warm breezes from the southwest only allow temperatures to drop into the 40s in most spots, but some outlying suburbs could dip down into the upper 30s. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Thursday is the warmest day of the week with breezy conditions, partly sunny skies, and just a slight (20%) chance of a shower. The big story here is that we could work the peak temperature into the upper 60s and low 70s (hitting 70+ for the first time this year potentially). Thursday night is mostly cloudy with very warm low temperatures in the upper 40s to low 50s. Showers could arrive before dawn (40% chance). Confidence: Medium-High

Friday is a furious day fraught with clouds, showers (some heavy at times), wind, and even a chance for thunderstorms. Temperatures start warm moving up into the 60s, but a midday cold front associated with rains and clouds initiates cooling. Afternoon-into-evening temperatures should drop into the 50s and then 40s. Friday night sees colder lows in the 30s with a chance of flurries or snow showers. Brisk, warm winds during the day turn into cold and gusty winds by late afternoon into evening (offering Friday night wind chills in the 20s). Confidence: Low-Medium

The weekend finds more standard February weather with highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s and 30s. Some lingering clouds and maybe even a morning flurry affect Saturday (along with possibly morning gusty winds yet), but Sunday should find mostly sunny skies with calmer winds. While the weekend reminds us of what the calendar tells us it should be, there are signs of more spring-like warming returning for a bit again next week. Confidence: Low-Medium

By  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/21/2012

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