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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/27/2011

Forecast: Showery day ahead; early weekend snow flakes?

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Today: Light rain at times. 64-68. | Tonight: Showers end early, colder. 34-40. | Tomorrow: Sunny start, cloudy finish. Chilly. 52-56. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


The weather over the next five days promises to be a real mixed bag, full of tricks and treats! The rains today are pretty run of the mill, but a storm zipping up the coast early Saturday looks like it has enough cold air to play with that some spots (outlying north and west suburbs) could see a few snow flakes mixed in with the rain drops. However, accumulations are probably too much to hope for. Look for a little frost on the pumpkins Sunday morning in the suburbs.

Today (Thursday): We are pretty much socked in with clouds. The showers (90% chance) should be off and on so keep the umbrella handy. A light breeze from the southwest should not lead to any “umbrellacide”. Highs should still make a respectable mid-to-upper 60s range with light winds from the southwest. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: The showers should be out of the picture by evening but a brisk wind from the north ushers in much colder air. Readings fall quickly through the 50s so dress warm. Skies clear overnight and that allows a real chill to settle in with lows near 40 downtown with mid-30s in the colder suburbs, and even near freezing temperatures in Frederick county and northern Maryland. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Friday): That first step outside might be a little breath taking but plenty of sun helps to curb the chill. Light winds from the north are no big. A very weak weather system is cruising across the South and should start to cloud up our skies by late afternoon. Highs only reach the low-to-mid 50s. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: If the clouds are a little late arriving this is a great chance to get out the binoculars and look to the southwest around 6:45 pm. A sliver of a moon, will be joined by always bright Venus and a rare glimpe of Mercury right behind her. Readings quickly drop into the 40s with calm winds. A few light showers are possible by late night (60% chance). Lows chill to the mid-30s (colder suburbs) to lower 40s (downtown). Confidence: Low-Medium


The storm fires up off the coast early on Saturday and winds pick up from the north briskly. Showers are still likely to be light as the system is just a little too far offshore. However, if it somehow manages to strengthen quickly enough it could produce a few showers heavy enough to mix some snow flakes to the ground in the morning mainly in the outlying north and west suburbs. No need for a measuring stick though, accumulation prospects are close to nil. Highs struggle to reach 50. The showers are long gone by evening so getting about should not be a challenge. Lows drop to near 32 in the colder western suburbs and mid-to-upper 30s in most areas. Yes - some of the colder locations may get frost and/or a freeze. Confidence: Low-Medium

Sunday shakes off the chill with plenty of sun and calm winds. Highs work hard to make the mid-to-upper 50s. Lows fall back to the mid -to-upper 30s. Confidence: Medium

Halloween (Monday) looks pretty good with more sun than clouds. There should not be any showers to deal with as a storm in the Midwest is not likely to yet reach us. Highs only make the mid -to-upper 50s so bundle up your ghosts and goblins on the trick-or-treat circuit. Confidence: Low-Medium

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