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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 04/01/2011

Forecast: Cool, breezy, and somewhat gray

Above average temperatures next week?

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Cool, breezy mediocrity for your Friday. Meh. At least any showers are mostly isolated. 50+ is in reach -- phew!
 
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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly cloudy, breezy. Showers possible. Around 50. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Mid-to-upper 30s. | Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, breezy. Showers possible. Low-to-mid 50s. | Sunday: Mostly sunny! Upper 50s to near 60. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

It won’t be until next week that we pop above 62 -- our current average high. Until then, hunker down to put up with clouds, breezes and cool temperatures, at least until Sunday. While we finally shake the drab 40s & 50s with shower chances, it isn’t until Monday that we have the best chance for a more comfortable air mass, after a warm front passes through. Tuesday may even see 70? So hang in there. To spin positive, allergy sufferers again get a break from pollen!

Snow Potential Index: 0 (↓) - Odds are good that any flakes into early Friday may be it for the season. SPI is going back into hibernation. Sorry snow lovers.
 
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Today (Friday): While isolated rain showers are possible mainly in the morning, and perhaps again in the midday, there could be slight mixing (especially early) with sleet and/or snow far to the west and northwest of town. Overcast skies are likely much of the time, but perhaps a break or two here and there. Breezy may be more “windy” at times, with gusts near 30 mph. It won’t really make you feel comfortable, compounding the still-cool high temperatures around 50 -- maybe into the low 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: It may stay fairly cloudy overnight. Have that winter coat somewhat handy tonight and even tomorrow night. Yes, you should be able to pack it away for the season, later in the month. Breezes remain and further chill the low temperatures in the mid-to-upper 30s. Confidence: Medium

When can we see the sun again? Keep reading...

Tomorrow (Saturday): It’s looking increasingly like Friday (unfortunately?), with more northwest breezes and clouds. High temperatures could make it into a slightly milder category though, in the low-to-mid 50s. Upper 50s could be possible if skies show large cracks in the afternoon cloud deck, sooner and more completely than I currently expect. Doubt it, but maybe. There’s also a 30-40% chance of an isolated shower -- any sunshine could actually increase atmospheric instability and chances of showers. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Skies slowly clear along and stronger breezes diminish. Low temperatures look to be about the same as Friday night, in the mid-to-upper 30s. Grab that coat if out late! I don’t think frost is possible, even in colder suburbs, due to breezes spuriously blowing (not conditions ideal for frost) through most of the night. Confidence: Medium

Sunday: Mostly sunny! Finally. Breezes also finally really die down. High temperatures are essentially average (especially factoring in that warm sun) in the upper 50s, perhaps around 60 if clouds don’t pop-up too early and interfere. Clouds may increase rapidly late in the afternoon into evening. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Sunday night we may cloud over fairly quickly in the evening. Showers are possible (40% chance) in the hours around midnight, and low temperatures stay a tad “warmer” in the upper 30s to low 40s, thanks to our insulating blanket of clouds. Confidence: Low-Medium

On Monday, we may start cloudy and showery (50-60% chance) but as the warm front passes, some sun may present itself as the day wears on. It’s warmer too, with highs at least into the upper 50s to low 60s. Then, Tuesday, the air mass warms further ahead of a cold front. Showers and thunderstorms are probable (60% chance) with high temperatures in the upper 60s to lower 70s. We’ll keep you posted if any of these storms become strong or severe. Confidence:Low

By Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 04/01/2011

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