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Posted at 05:05 AM ET, 01/23/2012

Forecast: Some morning iciness, but then the freeze recedes

updated at 11:05 a.m. (to remove expired Freezing Rain Advisory)

* School delays | Federal gov delayed opening | Dr. Gridlock *

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Cloudy, AM drizzle/ice, PM showers. 42-47. | Tonight: Partial clearing, patchy fog late. 36-42. | Tomorrow: Becoming mostly sunny. Mild. 52-57. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

We finally emerge today from the icy grips of an Arctic airmass that has been parked to our north since Friday. But some spots, especially north and west of Washington, will require several hours before they begin to thaw. By Tuesday and Wednesday, temperatures return to above normal levels and the big chill looks to be on hold for the balance of the rest of the week.

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Today (Monday): Use extreme caution this morning - not only on the roads but also walking on the sidewalks. While temperatures have risen to near freezing or slightly above downtown and south and east, the north and west suburbs are below freezing and may hold there through mid-morning with continuing freezing drizzle and fog. Elsewhere, there’s patchy liquid drizzle. This afternoon, there’s a 50-60% chance of scattered rain showers, with highs eventually reaching the low 40s north and west to the upper 40s south and east. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Skies partially clear, but lingering low level moisture may result in patchy fog. No refreeze worries fortunately, with lows from the mid-30s to low 40s (suburbs-city). Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the outlook through the week. For traffic updates and road conditions, visit Dr. Gridlock.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): This is the leading candidate for nicest day of the week. Skies are mostly sunny and highs reach the mid-50s. We’ll have a breeze from the west at 10-15 mph. By sunset, all the snow and ice should be history. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Skies are mostly clear and it’s chilly. Lows range from the upper 20s in the colder suburbs to the mid-30s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Wednesday’s not as mild as Tuesday, but still pretty nice for late January. Under partly sunny skies, highs range from 45-50. Increasing clouds Wednesday night with lows from the low 30s in the cooler suburbs to the upper 30s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

Rain is likely Thursday, developing in the afternoon and continuing into Friday morning. Highs Thursday are in the low-to-mid 40s with nearly steady temperatures overnight. By Friday afternoon, it’s breezy with clearing. Highs are probably around 50. Mostly clear Friday night, with lows in the mid-20s to low 30s. Confidence:Medium

As for the weekend, Saturday should be dry and seasonably cold, with highs 40-45. Maybe a slight increase in clouds Saturday night with lows 25-30. On Sunday, it’s variably cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of snow or snow showers. Highs are from 35-40. Confidence:Low-Medium

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