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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/18/2012

Forecast: Colder pattern next few days. Might we squeeze out a few flakes?

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Seasonably cold & breezy satisfies those craving a bit of a winter chill after yesterday's mild highs close to 60.
 
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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly sunny, cold & quite breezy. Near 40 to low 40s. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. Diminishing winds. 20s. | Tomorrow: Increasing clouds. Near 40 to low 40s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Highs in the balmy upper 50s yesterday, back down to near 40 or so today with a breezy chill. And so the story of Winter 2011-12 continues, with plenty of mild days and a few chilly ones mixed in, but so far no stretches of sustained bitter cold. It’s a pattern that’s made snowflakes hard to come by, and that remains mostly the case. Although we do have a couple chances of wintry precipitation in the forecast as seasonably cold temps settle in for the next several days, before what may be yet another mild streak next week.

Snow Potential Index: 2 (→) - Watching a chance of flurries/snow showers Thurs night and possible wintry mix early Saturday. Neither look terribly promising for accumulation.
 
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Today (Wednesday): Maybe an early-morning shower southeast of town. Otherwise, we’re looking at a mostly sunny but cold and breezy day. Morning lows mainly in the upper 30s to near 40 aren’t very low at all. But temperatures struggle to rise thanks to 15-25 mph winds from the northwest, gusting to near 30-35 mph. Highs top out near 40 to the low 40s. Confidence: High

Tonight: Winds become light and eventually may go calm as high pressure settles in overhead. Under partly cloudy skies, lows range from near 20 in the coldest suburbs to the upper 20s downtown. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Thursday): Despite the colder morning start and skies turning partly to mostly cloudy by afternoon, light breezes from the south help highs back to near 40 to the low 40s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: A few evening flurries or snow showers are possible as a cold front approaches. Behind the front, we’ll see clearing skies overnight or toward morning. The colder air lags far enough behind that lows should only drop to the upper 20s to low 30s. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

High pressure returns Friday, and that means partly to mostly sunny skies but with colder highs in the upper 30s to near 40. Friday night, low pressure approaches from the southwest and could bring some rain or a wintry mix by morning as lows bottom in the upper 20s to low 30s. Confidence: Low-Medium

The way it looks now, temperatures on Saturday should climb above freezing and/or any mixed precipitation should change to mainly rain before causing any real problems. But, we’re still a few days a way and the storm track could still change, so check back for updates. Eventually, I think highs highs get to the upper 30s to low 40s and rain may be around for much of the day. The rain should end later in the day or Saturday night, with overnight lows near 30 to the mid-30s. Confidence: Low

Unless the Saturday storm gets delayed, Sunday looks to be at least partly sunny and warmer as highs aim for the mid-40s to low 50s. Confidence:Medium

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