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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/18/2011

Forecast: Warmer today, but clouds invade; another wet Wednesday on the way

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly sunny a.m.., cloudy p.m. 70-75. | Tonight: Showers developing late. 54-59. | Tomorrow: Cloudy and breezy with rain, some t’storms. 66-71. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Another midweek mess is on the way as a low pressure from deep in the Caribbean charges up the East Coast ahead of a potent autumnal cold front. For today, we only deal with gradually increasing cloud cover with the main rain chances starting tonight and persisting through most of tomorrow when winds start to pick up. Thursday is cooler, very breezy, and dry, while Friday and the weekend are shaping up to be cool, but mostly sunny and still dry.

Today (Tuesday): Partly to mostly sunny skies this morning transitioning to mostly cloudy skies this afternoon as the low pressure system gradually approaches the region. Despite the overcast conditions, high temperatures should be warmer than yesterday with low to mid 70s. Winds from the southeast at 5-10 mph. Confidence: High

Tonight: Cloudy with showers developing late at night (probability of precipitation increases to 60% by just before dawn). Lows in the mid-to-upper 50s with light winds from the southeast again. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Right now, it looks like the heaviest rain may fall from morning to midday with high-end totals of 1-2” still possible. Thunderstorms could be embedded in the rain too. Showers are likely in the afternoon. Highs should range from the upper 60s to the low 70s and the air should feel more humid as get a touch of the tropical air mass into the area. Probability of precipitation today is close to 100%. Winds from the east increase to 10 to 20 mph with some higher gusts possible. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Showers linger into the evening (40% chance) before overnight clearing and cooling. It’s quite breezy as lows drop into the upper 40s to low 50s (suburb-city) Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Thursday is setting up to be partly sunny, breezy, and cool with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. The storm should be strengthening up to our north and that should allow for the occasional gustier winds and clouds (winds from the west and northwest ranging from 15-25 mph at times with gusts over 30 mph). Thursday night should see winds calm a bit under partly cloudy skies. Lows drop into a broad range from the upper 30s (far outer suburbs) to the upper 40s (in the city). Confidence: Medium

Friday and the weekend offer us a dry and cool pattern as an upper level trough and lower level high pressure trek across the region. Look for partly to mostly sunny skies with highs in the upper 50s to low 60s. Lows should dip into the 30s and 40s with some outlying areas possibly seeing some first-of-season frost. Confidence: Low-Medium

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