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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/14/2012

Forecast: Weekend chill reminds us it’s still winter

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly to mostly sunny and breezy. Mid-to-upper 30s. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy, then clearing. Near 20 to mid-20s. | Tomorrow: Mostly to partly sunny. Mid-to-upper 30s. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

We’re in the heart of the coldest time of year, so it should probably be of little surprise that it’s kind of cold out there! All things considered, it could be much worse. It seems like when it’s warm it’s really warm, but when it’s cold it’s just a little colder than normal. That’s mainly the story of this weekend’s temperatures, and like other cold shots this winter, this one won’t last terribly long before another (albeit short) warm-up heading into the early week.

Snow Potential Index: 1 (→) - Another cold front Tue night/Wed a.m. could include a very few flakes. If only we could add up all these 1s...
 
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Today (Saturday): There may be a cloud or two around early as a little wave passes to the north, but hopefully a good chunk of the midday will feature sun. Clouds should tend to increase again by late afternoon as another system heads to our south but still spreads some upper-level moisture over the area. Highs rise into the mid-and-upper 30s most spots (maybe 40 somewhere), but it feels a little better than Friday thanks to slightly lighter winds in the 10-15 mph range (with higher gusts) at peak. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Clouds increase during the evening and it’s partly-to-mostly cloudy for a good portion of the night. There should be some clearing before sunrise though as the weak system to the south heads out to sea. Lows should range from near 20 in the colder suburbs to the mid-20s downtown. Confidence: Medium

Keep reading for the forecast through the beginning of next week...

Tomorrow (Sunday): As Camden would say, this is a Sunday that wants to live up to its name. A bit of a return push of cooler air behind the overnight system should help keep temperatures in the same general range as today, with highs rising mainly into the mid-and-upper 30s. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: We’re looking at a mostly clear night with perhaps just a few high clouds floating by. With light winds, that’s a recipe for temperatures to drop nicely. Lows are probably quite similar to tonight, so we’re talking a range from near 20 to the mid-20s, potentially as high as the upper 20s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

By Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we’re looking at some slight moderation as temperatures rise into the low-and-mid 40s. There’ll be a good deal of sunshine though and winds should be pretty light. Probably the pick of the long holiday weekend unless you really like the cold. Milder conditions continue into the overnight, with the coldest spots only nearing freezing and mid-30s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

Another big low pressure system will be passing way to our northwest on Tuesday, and it helps pump in a bit more warmth as well as some moisture. We’re probably partly-to-mostly cloudy throughout, with a risk of some showers here and there -- particularly early and late. Highs look to range from near 50 to the mid-50s, depending on how much we can scour out the cooler air east of the mountains. Confidence: Medium

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