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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/16/2011

Forecast: Wet Wednesday, wind-chilled Thursday

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Occasional showers. Low-to-mid 60s. | Tonight: Showers likely. Mid-40s. | Tomorrow: Lingering a.m. showers? Becoming partly sunny & windy. Near 50. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Take your umbrella and blame a slow-moving cold front, with areas of low pressure moving along it, for any rain that gets in your way today into tonight. The day’s not a total dud thanks to highs in the 60s, still above average for mid-November. We’ll lose the rain late tonight or early tomorrow, but also lose the mild air as winds gust and highs struggle to get much past 50. The cold air remains in place for Friday but once again, as seems to be the pattern as of late, a warming trend carries us through the weekend.

Today (Wednesday): Occasional showers are the story of the day. Add to that mostly cloudy skies and it’s not exactly the nicest of Wednesdays. But at least temperatures aren’t too bad, starting out in the 50s and reaching afternoon highs in the low-to-mid 60s. That, however, is just warm enough that we can’t rule out a few thunderstorms entering the mix. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: More showers are likely, with a chance of thunder early, and some of those showers could be heavy before rain chances decrease overnight or toward morning. Colder air blows in on a gusty breeze from the northwest, sending most spots down to lows in the mid-40s beneath mostly cloudy skies. When all is said and done, many spots are likely to see storm total rainfall in the 0.75-1.5” range. Confidence: Medium

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Tomorrow (Thursday): Any lingering morning showers (40% chance) give way to partly sunny skies by afternoon. Any warmth provided by the increasing sun, though, is negated by winds from the northwest gusting to near 35 mph. That’ll make highs near 50 feel mighty chilly. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Winds should diminish to around or less than 10 mph as mostly clear skies prevail. That sets the stage for a chilly night with lows mainly in the upper 20s to low 30s (suburbs to city). Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

A quiet weather pattern settles in for Friday through early Sunday. Skies should be partly to mostly sunny and temperatures are gradually warmer with highs still only near 50 Friday, in the mid-50s to near 60 Saturday, and near 60 to mid-60s Sunday. Lows warm from the upper 20s to mid-30s Friday night, to the upper 30s to mid-40s Saturday night. Confidence: Medium

Sunday afternoon or night could bring more in the way of clouds and a chance of showers if our next cold front gets close enough. On the other hand, if the front takes its time approaching from the Midwest, we might be able to delay rain chances until Sunday night or Monday. Confidence: Low

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