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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/26/2011

Forecast: Warm, cold, cloudy, sunny, rain... snow?

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Digit down a couple due to increasing clouds & small chance of brief afternoon shower. But near 70 is awfully nice.
 
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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly to mostly cloudy. Brief afternoon shower? Near 70. | Tonight: Shower chances increase late. Mid-50s. | Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy with some rain possible. 60s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Oh boy. We’ve got a little bit of everything in this forecast. Even the chance of some October snowflakes. It all starts with a more-than-halfway-decent day today, followed by a chance of rain tomorrow. Friday shapes up as sunny but chilly after a Thursday night cold front. And then things get interesting Friday night into Saturday, when a possible coastal storm could threaten rain, a mix of rain and snow, or not much of anything.

Today (Wednesday): Ok, so not as nice as yesterday. But all in all we’ve got a perfectly acceptable day on tap, despite increasing clouds (we’ll call it partly to mostly cloudy) and a 20-30% chance of a brief afternoon shower or two. A 10-15 mph breeze from the southwest keeps us on the mild side with highs near 70. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Rain approaching from the west should mainly stay west of the area through evening, with a continued 20-30% chance of seeing a brief shower or two out ahead of it. Overnight or toward morning, the chance of rain increases to around 50%. Cloudy skies and a warm breeze from the southwest prevent temperatures from dropping too far - lows in the mid-50s. Confidence: Medium

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Thursday): Not a terribly high-confidence forecast, but looks to me like we may see two batches of rain affect the area - one in the morning and one late afternoon into evening, with a chance of isolated to scattered showers in between. Besides the questionable timing, though, there’s also some question as to whether one or both batches of rain may try to target northern parts of the region more so than southern. Mostly cloudy skies should hold highs to the 60s. Confidence: Low-Medium

Tomorrow night: A chance of showers remains through around mid-evening as a cold front moves through and winds become quite breezy from the northwest. Then, skies should clear during the late evening into overnight with morning lows all the way down to the low 40s to near 40 downtown, upper 30s in many of the burbs. Confidence: Low-Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Friday is a mostly sunny, but breezy and chilly one in the wake of Thursday night’s cold front. Highs probably only make the mid-to-upper 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

Friday night into Saturday could bring anything from just partly cloudy skies, to rain, to a mix of rain and snow (yes, snow). The latter is the least likely, but not out of the question depending on how close to the coast a potential coastal storm tracks, and how strong it is. Look for Friday night lows in the upper 30s to mid-40s, and Saturday highs from near 50 to the mid-50s. Confidence: Low

Any precipitation should be done by Saturday night. Mostly sunny skies are a good bet on Sunday as temperatures rise from morning lows in the upper 30s to low 40s, to afternoon highs in the 50s to near 60. Confidence:Medium

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