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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/05/2012

Forecast: Sunshine returns temps to near normal; warmer weekend ahead

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Sunshine is a nice touch but seasonable temps this time of year are still cold and breezes don't help.
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Today: Partly to mostly sunny. 43-47. | Tonight: Mostly clear. 25-31. | Tomorrow: Sunny. 52-56. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


Our bout with the misery of winter cold looks thankfully short-lived. Another dry and mild weekend is on the agenda. Things cool down just a tad on Sunday into Monday but, still, just a small chance for precipitation probably means easy living. Live it up while you can though, since it looks like another major cold blast could be headed our way in one to two weeks.

Snow Potential Index: 1 (→) - While a few rain or snow showers could pass thru Sunday night, chances of any measurable snow slim.
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Today (Thursday): This is one of those days when it is plenty bright but a veil of thin clouds is likely to last through much of it. This is a sign of warm air trying to push in but still mainly making headway up above rather than down below. Highs should reach a seasonable range of mid-40s. Breezes from the west at 10-15 mph make it feel colder. Confidence: High

Tonight: Thin clouds linger through the night but stars still peek through. Breezes lighten up to make it less breathtaking and more peaceful in the evening. Readings chill down to normal levels with lows in the mid-upper 20s in the 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): The sun gets more serious today and breezes remain light. The combination is a hit and so is the uptick in temperatures. Highs top out in the low-to-mid 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Clear skies and light breezes make for a nice evening out with readings only slowly dropping through the 40s. Overnight lows range through the 30s with warmer temperatures inside the beltway as usual. Confidence: Medium-High


Saturday is repeat performance on the mild temperatures. There is likely to be more of those high thin clouds typical of a winter sky. This is due to a surge of more moisture into the Gulf Coast states that works its way north during the day. Breezes are very light making for another comfy day. Highs reach the low-to-mid 50s. There is a 20% chance of a sprinkle in the afternoon. Another fine evening is on tap with readings again in the 40s. Lows reach the 30s with only colder burbs getting below freezing. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday is a fine day unless you are really a cold hater. Partly sunny skies hold back the warm up as does some cooler air sneaking in from the north. Highs are expected to peak in the mid-to-upper 40s. There is a 20% chance for a very light shower, especially late in the day. Overnight, the “Wolf Moon”may be obscured by clouds and a slight chance of light rain or snow showers. Overnight lows range from 30 to 35 or so. Confidence: Low-Medium

Monday is probably uneventful although some there’s a small chance clouds and some light precipitation linger over the area, especially south of D.C. It’s variably cloudy ,with highs expected to hold in the mid-to-upper 40s. Confidence: Low-Medium

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