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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/10/2011

Forecast: Only spotty light showers today, another golden weekend

11:40 a.m. update: Showers mainly impacting the west and northwest suburbs will move off in the next hour. However, another area of showers near Charlottesville may move through the metro region during the middle of the afternoon.

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Today: A few light showers. 54-58. | Tonight: Clearing and breezy. 35-39. | Tomorrow: Sunny, windy. 50-54. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


Today is nothing to write home about but if it is the price to pay for yet another great weekend; so be it. After today, temperatures trend to above normal territory and dry weather resumes. But for those out honoring our courageous veterans tomorrow, bundle up, as brisk winds carry a bite. And for you drivers, beware of an occasional “leaf out”! Some good wind gusts are likely the next two days and the trees will be shedding big time. Still plenty of frost in the burbs this weekend, but downtown is still waiting.

Today (Thursday): The strong cold front is well to our west to start the day but clouds are plentiful and stay that way all day long. My best bet is that the showers come early in the day and by mid-day are mostly gone. There is a 40% chance of rain with this system but mainly only enough to dampen the pavement. Breezes start out light but once the front passes through, afternoon winds from west reach 10-20 mph. Temperatures do not move much with highs holding in the mid-to-upper 50s. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Skies should clear fairly quickly in the evening affording us a good view of the full moon, “the Beaver Moon” as it rises. Winds are still kicking up at 10-15 mph behind the front. Lows should fall to the mid-to-upper 30s. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Veterans Day): The bright sunshine is a bit deceiving as readings will only be in the 40s in the morning and winds are blustery. Outdoor activities call for more than a light jacket. While the date might be 11/11/11, highs should be considerably higher in the low-to-mid 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: The breeze finally begins to abate and this allows temperatures to begin a quick trip downhill. With the exception of downtown there should be plenty of frost. Lows range from near 30 outside the beltway to mid-30s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High


Saturday is another great outdoor kind of day. Whether your passion is football or biking, this is your kind of weather. Many of you may be staring at piles of leaves after the earlier winds so man the rakes! Any clouds today should be the very high altitude wispy kind typical of this time of year. Seasonable highs range from the upper 50s to lower 60s. The typical fall evening chill down quickly gets us back in the 40s but no breeze helps us as we acclimate to the cooler readings. Lows drop to lower 30s in the suburbs but upper 30s downtown. Spotty frost is still likely in low lying areas. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday has plentiful sun indeed. Temperatures push even higher today as brisk southerly winds get to work. Highs are likely to be in the low-to-mid 60s. Clouds begin to filter in by evening and this will keep readings from dropping off as fast. Overnight lows only slip to the mid-to-upper 40s. Confidence: Medium-High

Monday does not pick on us too badly with plentiful clouds and a 30% chance of a light shower. However, those highs should have you sneaking out as they push into the mid-to-upper 60s. Confidence: Medium

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