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Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 11/23/2011

Forecast: Early-morning showers, then improving travel conditions and a terrific Thanksgiving

Wind advisory for Loudoun and Frederick counties above 1,000 feet through 10 p.m. - Gusts may reach 50 to 55 mph

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A showery (& stormy?) early a.m. But travel conditions improve through the day despite p.m. wind & lingering shower chance.
 
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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly to mostly cloudy & breezy with a.m. showers (storms?), chance of p.m. showers. Low-to-mid 60s. | Tonight: Lingering evening shower? Clearing skies & breezy. Mid-30s to low 40s. | Tomorrow: Sunny. Mid-to-upper 50s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Low pressure and an associated cold front do their best to disrupt travel this morning with precipitation up and down the Eastern Seaboard from northern Florida to Maine, including the I-95 corridor. But conditions improve nicely heading into the afternoon. And Thanksgiving Day should be precipitation-free for the vast majority of the nation, with notable exceptions including the Pacific Northwest and Northern California. Closer to home, calm weather holds court in the D.C. area tomorrow through Saturday before our next weather system approaches on Sunday.

Today (Wednesday): Early-morning areas of fog, gusty showers and possibly thunderstorms associated with a cold front should exit by mid-morning. But a trailing batch of showers threatens to move through during the mid-afternoon into evening. The afternoon is also when winds really pick up out of the west/northwest with gusts from 30-40 mph (and as high as 50 to 55 mph at elevations above 1,000 feet in Frederick and Loudoun counties) . Under partly to mostly cloudy skies, temperatures should be fairly steady - near 60 to the mid-60s - through the morning into the afternoon, then dropping into the 50s later in the afternoon. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Maybe a lingering shower or bit of drizzle during the early-to-mid evening. Otherwise, it’s continued breezy with clearing skies and lows in the mid-30s to low 40s (suburbs to city). Confidence: Medium-High

For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock. Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Thanksgiving): Sunny. Lighter winds. Mid-to-upper 50s. That’s all you need to know! Now go use the time saved reading this super-short forecast to prep for Turkey Day dinner. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: Clear skies, calm winds and cool, but not terribly cold, temperatures. Lows dip to the 30s in the burbs and near 40 downtown. Confidence: High

A LOOK AHEAD

Friday and Saturday should be fantastic. High pressure delivers mostly sunny skies on Friday and should hold on strong enough for partly to mostly sunny skies on Saturday, with highs both days in the 60s. Friday night lows look similar to Thursday night, in the 30s (burbs) to near 40 or low 40s (downtown). Confidence: High

Sunday probably features increasing clouds and maybe a chance of showers. But it’s just a chance - it all depends on how quickly the next cold front approaches. Morning lows in the 40s climb to afternoon highs in the upper 50s to mid-60s. Confidence: Low-Medium

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