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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/23/2012

Forecast: Spring warmth blooms today and tomorrow, chill down this weekend

* Wind gusts may exceed 40 mph Friday afternoon. Fire Weather Watch issued (details) *

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Becoming mostly sunny. 66-70. | Tonight: Increasing clouds, light showers late. 48-52. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny, breezy with p.m. showers. 61-67. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Yesterday was just the warm up, pun intended, as today makes us all long for an early dismissal from whatever keeps us indoors. Tomorrow also promises another temperature treat but a stronger breeze makes it a bit harder to appreciate. and showers may arrive during the afternoon. This sad excuse of a winter tries to bully back in for the weekend but the best it can do is knock highs down to just below normal. Our good fortune is the normal highs are now crossing the 50 degree threshold.

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Today (Thursday): There could still be a pall of clouds to start the morning after last night’s sprinkles but they should erode by midday and let the fun, I mean sun, begin. It looks like record highs are unlikely, but breaking the 70 degree mark could happen in a few places. The breeze from the west is light. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Clouds make a comeback this evening but it is worth getting out as readings hang in the upper 50s to lower 60s. About 30% of the area may see a few rain drops mainly after midnight. Light breezes from the south keep most temperatures from falling below our normal highs overnight. Lows reach the upper 40s to lower 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Friday): If the storm is as slow as I think it could be, then we are in for another mighty warm one. Winds become contentious, especially by afternoon, when they should be cruising from the west at 15 to 25 mph. Showers could still spring up (40% chance) in the afternoon as a strong cold front makes its move into the region but thunderstorm potential is low. Highs should make the mid-to-upper 60s. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Skies quickly clear out but winds do not let up. If anything they pick up the pace as colder drier air rushes in from the northwest. Look for some gusts to 40 mph. This makes the drop through the 50s and into the 40s in the evening a bit breathtaking. Lows should finally stall out in the mid-to-upper 30s overnight. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Saturday is still plenty breezy but should be winding down to a more manageable 10 to 20 mph pace. The chill is a sad reminder that it is still February but skies should be mostly clear. Highs in the mid-to-upper 40s are all the sunshine can muster. Winds mercifully die down in the evening but it is still chilly. The crescent moon plays tag with Venus in the western sky. Lows bottom out in the upper 20s to lower 30s. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday dawns bright and blue but the cold proves hard to muscle out. Highs are likely to hit the brakes in the upper 40s to near 50. Overnight lows should range from the low-to-mid 30s. Confidence: Medium-High

Monday skies should be partly sunny and the return of breezes form a south heading should take readings quite a bit farther than the day before. Look for highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Confidence: Medium

By  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/23/2012

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