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

Forecast: Showers end early giving nice Groundhog day ending; weekend more-or-less dry

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Early morning showers, then clearing. 53-58. | Tonight: Crystal clear. 32-37. | Tomorrow: Plenty of sun. 51-55. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

My bet is that the groundhog Phil will not see his shadow this morning. If that means winter is over, we better crank up the AC based on the kind of winter we have had. The next few days will continue the trend of warmer than normal winter weather but nothing quite like the last two spring days. There is a slight chance that light rain could visit on Sunday but you will be inside prepping for the Super Bowl, right?

Snow Potential Index: 1 (↓) - Snow is now officially on the endangered species list in these parts. Take the coldest model and the wettest model, combine them and you might get a few wet flakes Sunday morning.
 
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Today (Thursday): The clouds should still be thick both here and in that usurper of groundhog fame, Punxsutawney, to start the day. For here, we could see a few showers for the morning rush (60% chance) so drive gently. The good news is skies should be clearing by noontime and while nothing like the last two days, conditions are still mighty fine for the middle of winter. Highs should concentrate in the mid-50s. A light breeze from the north should be no big deal. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: The waxing moon and stars are featured under clear skies. High pressure settles in and chills readings down quickly into the 40s in the evening. Lows reach the low-to-mid 30s, giving colder areas the novelty of frost. Winds remain from the north at 5-10 mph. Confidence: High

For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock. Keep reading for the forecast into early next week...

Tomorrow (Friday): Sun reigns from dawn to dusk, which is rapidly expanding these days. Only a very light breeze comes from the northwest. Temperatures remain ever warmer than normal with highs of low-to-mid 50s. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: Another star-filled night is on tap. Temperatues again drop off pretty quickly but still cling to the 40s in the evening. Overnight lows bottom out in the 30s. Confidence: High

A LOOK AHEAD

Saturday should be a mostly sunny day, however, a storm out in the Midwest could sneak some clouds in later in the day. Other than that, pretty uneventful with highs again in the low-to-mid 50s. The evening should remain in the 40s. Clouds increase at night and there’s a 30% chance of rain showers by dawn, that could mix with a few wet snowflakes. Lows bottom out in the mid-to-upper 30s. Confidence: Medium

Sunday is the tricky one with models giving choices from mostly sunny and cool to showery. Best bet is that clouds do take temperatures down a peg but shower chances are only 20-30% and mostly in the morning. Highs should be in the mid-to-upper 40s in this scenario but could go a full 10 degrees either way. Just stay inside and tend your chili for the big game and you won’t have to worry about it! Overnight lows should range from the upper 20s to mid 30s. Confidence: Low-Medium

Monday is also no slam dunk forecast with clouds the best bet but showers unlikely (just 20% chance of rain). Temperatures should still ratchet up to the upper 40s to lower 50s. Confidence: Low-Medium

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