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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/22/2012

Forecast: Cold stays for another day; freezing drizzle tonight?

updated at 3:30 p.m. (to add Freezing Rain Advisory)

Freezing Rain Advisory 4 p.m. today through 6-9 a.m. Monday

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly to mostly cloudy and cold. Low-to-mid 30s. | Tonight: Chance of light drizzle/freezing drizzle. 30s. | Tomorrow: Good chance of showers. Upper 40s to low 50s. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Cold air seems content to stay the weekend so we’ll just have to grin and bear it. High pressure over New England keeps the cold air firmly entrenched, which means some lingering icy spots to contend with this morning. As has been the pattern, though, warmer air makes its return as we head into the week. Precipitation-wise, we’re looking at the chance of a little drizzle or freezing drizzle tonight, followed by a warmer but potentially showery Monday.

Snow Potential Index: 2 (↑) - Generally looks too warm for much snow. But with a couple storm opportunities midweek through next weekend, nothing's impossible.
 
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Temperatures: Latest D.C. area temperature map. See interactive map on our Weather Wall.

Today (Sunday): It’s cold out there! Careful of those remaining slippery spots, especially on untreated surfaces. Any early-to-midday partial sun gives way to increasing clouds as our next approaching system gathers strength and winds turn out of the east. Daytime highs again struggle to get out of the low 30s. At least snow lovers get to enjoy the little snow we’ve got for a little longer. Confidence: High

Tonight: Onshore flow brings the chance for some drizzle or freezing drizzle and maybe a touch of sleet into the evening and overnight. With temperatures near freezing we may be looking at some slippery spots during the evening. Eventually though, winds come from the south/southeast and temperatures may actually rise a few degrees overnight. Confidence: Medium

Keep reading for the forecast through midweek...

Tomorrow (Monday): Sometimes showery but warmer looks to be the story. Off-and-on showers are possible through the day, but should be most likely and numerous during the afternoon into early evening as a cold front moves by. Despite cloudy skies, daytime highs rise in advance of the front, topping out in the upper 40s to low 50s. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Showers dwindle but may continue through about bedtime east toward the bay. Expect overnight lows in the mid-to-upper 30s with partial clearing possible overnight or toward morning. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Seems kind of weird but in the wake of the cold front, Tuesday is probably warmer than Monday. Not too much to complain about as skies turn partly to mostly sunny and highs shoot for near 50 to the mid-50s. Tuesday night should be mostly clear with lows in the upper 20s to mid-30s. Confidence: Medium-High

We’ve got another nice day on tap for Wednesday. Plenty more sun is in the forecast even if it’s not quite as mild as Tuesday. Still, we’re above normal nonetheless, with highs in the upper 40s to low 50s. Confidence: Medium

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