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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/09/2012

Forecast: Sun returns today, a wee bit of winter for the weekend

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Better than average but in this non-winter winter, not great.
 
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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Patchy a.m. fog, then sunny. 45-49. | Tonight: Clear and calm. 25-31. | Tomorrow: Sunny until late day clouds arrive. 46-51. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

One flirtation with winter has just ended but there could be yet another Friday night into Saturday morning. No cause to even think about a grocery store run, but snow or rain showers are possible. The upoming weekend’s biggest taste of winter weather arises from the temperatures that barely get above freezing Sunday. Not to worry, though, spring-like weather looks to come back next week no matter what that pesky Pennsylvania rodent said.

Snow Potential Index: 4 (↓) - Snow/rain flirtations continue in the area on Friday night. but accumulation chances aren't great.
 
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Today (Thursday): Clouds and patchy fog should quickly fade this morning, giving us a mostly sunny balance of the day. The chill is out of the air by midday with highs set to reach the mid-to-upper 40s. The breeze from the west is light. Confidence: High

Tonight: The moon in the east and Venus in the west are in full view as clear skies prevail. Calm winds let temperatures drop liberally. Lows reach the mid-20s suburbs to lower 30s downtown. Confidence: High

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

Tomorrow (Friday): Sunny skies and a breeze from the southwest give the go ahead for another beauty of a day with highs in the upper 40s to lower 50s. By late in the day clouds should begin sneaking in from the west. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: Skies quickly cloud up and there is a good chance (60%) that rain and snow showers fall across the area. Whether there is enough snow to coat a few lawns remains a tough call as temperatures only slowly fall through the 40s in the evening and bottom out in the 30s overnight. As usual, the colder north and west suburbs stands the best chance of any snow accumulation. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Saturday should dawn with a few lingering rain/snow showers (40% chance) but they are over with fairly early in the morning. Once the system is well to the east. some clearing is quite possible. However, winds pick up from the northwest with a vengeance. Highs in the low-to-mid 40s are likely to occur at midday and quickly head downhill in the afternoon as a true Arctic airmass plunges through the area. The night is starry but “shivery” as wind chills are likely to be in the 20s in the evening. Lows bottom out in the upper teens to mid-20s. Confidence: Medium

Sunday is clear but quite chilly as the Arctic air has settled in for the day. Temperatures work hard to get above freezing with highs only in the mid-30s in most areas. Overnight lows should range from the upper teens well outside the beltway to mid-20s in the city. Confidence: Medium-High

Monday should already be working its way back to normal temperatures with highs in the low-to-mid 40s in most areas. Confidence: Medium

By  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/09/2012

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