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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/25/2011

Forecast: Very nice today; then unsettled with falling temps by Thursday into Friday

Uncertain, wintry? start to weekend...

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Excellent late October day with lots of sunshine and mild temperatures.
 
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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Sunny, mild. 66-70. | Tonight: Mostly clear. 41-50. | Tomorrow: Warm with increasing clouds. 68-72. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

The D.C. area has an appointment today with very pleasant high pressure. And today’s sunny/mild weather is just what the doctor ordered ahead of a potentially sloppy and cool weekend. Clouds move in tomorrow with shower chances by tomorrow night and especially on Thursday as a cold front cuts toward our region. The weekend looks much cooler and mostly cloudy. Low pressure may ride along the front to deliver some weekend precipitation that could fall in the form of snow toward the mountains. In other words, enjoy today.

Today (Tuesday): After some patchy morning fog, mainly west of the beltway, nice high pressure beautifies the day with sunny skies and mild temperatures. The weather models are saying mid-to-upper 60s, but I may call their bluff as winds from the west and southwest (5-10 mph) could push a few spots to the 70-degree mark. Confidence: High

Tonight: Mostly clear and cool with light winds. Lows drop into the low 40s for the outer suburbs to near 50 in the city. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Clouds preceding a cold front from the Midwest march into the area, especially in the afternoon. Warm winds from the southwest still have a shot to push high temperatures to the upper 60s to low 70s. By late afternoon toward evening, we run a 20% risk of light showers. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Mostly cloudy with showers most likely. Lows in the low to mid 50s with light winds. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Thursday pushes the cold front into our region, so expect more clouds, showers, and cooler trending temperatures mainly in the middle 60s. As of now, most of the showers should be of the ligher variety. The cold front itself may push through on Thursday evening so that night should see some lingering showers with temperatures dropping down to the upper 30s in the outer surburbs to middle 40s in town. Confidence: Medium

Friday features variable cloud conditions as the cold front hangs up just to our south. I’d say partly sunny skies, but we may see cloudy skies at times with more sunshine at others. Much cooler weather compared to earlier in the week with highs only in the middle 50s. Another weather system could approach the area along the cold front on Friday night. This means more showers/rain for the D.C. metro area, but it could mean rain and snow for the mountains. Lows in the upper 30s to mid-40s. Confidence: Low-Medium

The weekend starts with a blah as clouds, precipitation, and very cool weather linger for Saturday. Highs might only be in the upper 40s to low 50s! By Saturday night, only lingering showers are expected, which could possibly mix with snow in the far northern and western suburbs. Temperatures fall more sharply into the 30s to near 40 (and it could be windy). Sunday trends toward the sunnier side by the afternoon with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Details on the weekend weather system impacts could change in the days ahead, so keep an eye on our forecast if you have weather-sensitive plans. Confidence: Low.

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