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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/09/2011

Forecast: Milder today then a cold, dry weekend

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Mother Nature gives us a small Friday gift w/mostly sunny skies & highs at or above 50, and only a slight breeze!
 
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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly sunny. Near 50 to low 50s. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. Upper 20s to mid-30s. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly sunny. A bit breezy. Low-to-mid 40s. | Sunday: Mostly sunny. Low-to-mid 40s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

We’ve got one milder day to savor before we turn cold tomorrow - but at least we’re dry with a good deal of sun through the weekend. Decent consolation for highs in the 40s tomorrow through at least Monday, right? Clouds should only make short appearances through the weekend, compared to more constant appearances of scarves and gloves (I would bet). If you can make it until Tuesday, we’ll have a shot at the 50-degree mark again!

Snow Potential Index: 1 (→) - You'd think temps near to below normal thru midweek next week would give snow lovers hope. But really we don't see any white stuff on the horizon right now.
 
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Today (Friday): Mostly sunny skies look pretty good today, even if mired by occasional high-level cirrus clouds. A light breeze ahead of a cold front approaching from the Midwest could chill you just a bit, but at least it’s from the south, helping to warm highs to near 50 to the low 50s (average highs are now in the upper 40s, FYI). Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Evening temperatures fall through the 40s in the city and into the 30s in the suburbs. Quietly moving through during the evening, said weak cold front shifts our light breeze to come from the north/northwest overnight. Despite the colder wind direction, a moderate amount of clouds could keep Reagan National still waiting for its first freeze of the season - lows likely range from the upper 20s to low 30s outside the Beltway, to the mid-30s downtown. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Saturday): Any morning clouds should clear out by afternoon as our front moves away. Cold, dry air continues to ride into the region on breezes from the north/northwest blowing more stiffly at 10-15 mph. Winter asks, do you feel me yet? Highs probably don’t do better than the low-to-mid 40s despite the partly to mostly sunny skies. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: May stay a bit breezy during the evening, but you wanted to show off your new heavy coat anyway, methinks? Skies should be mostly clear and a full moon should offer some nighttime illumination. CWG’s David Streit notes that this “cold moon” or “frost moon” should hold true as lows really plummet outside the Beltway, to the low-to-mid 20s. Meanwhile, downtown may finally see that elusive first freeze as lows there bottom in the upper 20s to low 30s. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

The Sunday-through-Tuesday period starts off cold but slowly warms. Sunday and Monday offer mostly sunny skies with highs in the low-to-mid 40s again Sunday and mid-to-upper 40s Monday. Tuesday may bring increasing clouds, yet at least it looks to be warmer with highs near 50 to the low 50s. Sunday and Monday night lows remain nippy, though only a bit below average, in the mid-20s to low 30s. Confidence: Medium

By Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/09/2011

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