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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/25/2012

Forecast: Gusty winds persist today, lighter tomorrow with plenty of weekend sun

Wind Advisory for most of D.C. area except far south til 6 p.m. (map)

8:40 a.m. update: In addition to continued gusty winds, parts of the area have been treated to unexpected flurries this morning (although not terribly uncommon when we have cold air and winds this strong blowing from the west/northwest). The flurries - some even too heavy to be called flurries - are heading off to the east now. A few more are possible through the day, with little or no accumulation expected.

[Right on cue, we’ve got snowflakes the second we finally drop the Snow Potential Index (SPI) to zero. Though note the SPI is for accumulating snow, which most should not see, though we’ve had a few reports of the flakes briefly sticking where heavy enough.]

Today's Daily Digit
 
A somewhat subjective rating of the
day's weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

 
Bad hair day with gusts near 40 mph. Still, good deal of sun & seasonal temps not too shabby.
 
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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly to mostly sunny & very windy. Near 50. | Tonight: Mostly clear, decreasing wind. Mid-20s to low 30s. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, light winds. Upper 40s to near 50. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

More wind is the main story today, with gusts in the vicinity of 40 mph. While the wind has a wintry fury to it today, temperatures this weekend don’t have a terribly chilly punch, though they’re certainly colder than what we saw during the middle to later part of the work week. Our brief cool down doesn’t last long, however, as the weather warms nicely starting Monday. And so the winter that wasn’t continues...

Snow Potential Index: 0 (↓) - I'm going to take the plunge and drop to zero. Just don't see any opportunity for accumulating snow next 7 days.
 
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Today (Saturday): After blowing fiercely overnight, winds still bother us through today, sustained at 20-30 mph with occasional gusts near 40 mph. But those winds come from the west, and they’ll have a warming effect as they blow from higher terrain to lower (air warms as it sinks). So while colder than the past few days, highs should still reach near 50 under partly to mostly sunny skies. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Winds gradually diminish during the evening into the overnight as a high-pressure center moves near by. Skies are mostly clear with lows generally from the mid-20s (suburbs) to low 30s (downtown). Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast into next week...

Tomorrow (Sunday): Highs in the upper 40s to near 50 are similar to Saturday. But it’s a noticeably nicer day to be outside thanks to light winds. Mostly sunny skies don’t hurt, either. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: Skies remain mostly clear, making for a beautiful starry night even if on the cool side, at least as far as this winter goes. Lows bottom in the upper 20s to low 30s (suburbs) to low-to-mid 30s (downtown). Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

We’re back to a warmer flow from the southwest on Monday. That, combined with partly to mostly sunny skies, should boost highs to near 60 or the low 60s. The warm daytime highs lead to a not-too-chilly Monday night as lows settle in the 30s to near 40. Confidence: Medium-High

Tuesday looks good for highs to get back to the mid-50s to near 60, maybe with increasing clouds and possibly a shower chance late. Confidence: Medium

A sneak peek at the rest of the work week shows midweek rain chances with temperatures likely remaining above average through Friday, and possibly by a good margin.

By  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/25/2012

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