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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 04/24/2012

Forecast: Lingering clouds and slow warming; warmer Wednesday with showers again Thursday

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Variably cloudy, breezy, chance of light showers. 57-61 | Tonight: Partly cloudy, cool. 35-45 | Tomorrow: Partly sunny. 64-68 | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

TODAY'S DAILY DIGIT

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FORECAST IN DETAIL


Spring is currently experiencing some technical difficulties. Mother Nature apologizes for the inconvenience, but is working to improve the situation slowly over the next few days. Your patience is appreciated.

Today’s weather is a slow, incremental improvement over yesterday’s blustery bounceback to March-like conditions. However, we still run cooler-than-normal with highs near 60F instead of a normal near 70F. And breezy conditions offer a bit of a wind chill yet. While warmer, clouds and more rain chances return Thursday with more unsettled weather this weekend. At least the springtime rain spigot it starting to function properly.

Today (Tuesday): Big slow-moving low pressure in southeast Canada continues to influence our weather today. Some partly or even mostly sunny skies this morning shift toward the cloudier direction over the course of the day as very cold air aloft triggers cloud development. It could also kick off some scattered light showers. The afternoon clouds and residual storm-induced cooling keep our afternoon peak temperatures in the upper 50s to low 60s. And the winds are still up at 10-20 mph (mainly from the west) with sometimes higher gusts. Yeah, it feels better than yesterday, but it is still cooler-than-normal. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Partly cloudy and cool. Maybe an evening sprinkle. Lows from the middle 30s in the far out suburbs to low-to-mid 40s in the city. Confidence: Medium

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Tomorrow (Wednesday): Our air mass slowly moderates as low pressure goes away. High temperatures should push into the mid-to-upper 60s with sky conditions mainly partly sunny. However, we could see the best chance of sunshine in the morning with afternoon clouds returning. Light breezes from the west closer to around 10 mph won’t be as pesky. Confidence: Mediumn

Tomorrow night: Another weather system approaches- already!?! Clouds increase and we even have a chance of showers toward dawn. Those clouds should keep the lows up ranging through the upper 40s to low 50s around the area. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Thursday is going to be tricky on temperatures. A new low pressure drops down from the Great Lakes and passes over to just north of our area. The southern side of the low could see stronger warming toward the mid-to-upper 70s, while northern areas (especially toward the MD/PA border could hold back in the cooler 60s). Also, cloud cover and showers could cap the temperatures somewhat. For the majority of the area, let’s go with low-to-mid 70s with a 60% chance of showers. Clearing Thursday night, but breezy with colder lows dropping into the 40s to near 50 in the city. Confidence: Low-Medium

Friday might be our best day of this week with partly to mostly sunny skies as high temperatures surge to the mid-to-upper 60s. Clouds attempt to inch back into the area Friday night with lows in the 40s. Confidence: Medium

The weekend still looks sort of messy with a frontal system and then low pressure approaching the region. This is amazing that after a few drier-than-normal months, we are now getting rain system opportunities every two-three days! But the details of the weekend weather story are still in flux. The current thinking is that Saturday should be cloudy with scattered mainly p.m. showers and highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Saturday night looks cloudy with more showers and lows in the 50s. Sunday has the opportunity to push us briefly into the warm sector with mid-upper 70s, but also heavier rain chances later in the day. Confidence: Low

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