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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 04/06/2012

Forecast: Windy, cool day with weekend trending slowly warmer, calmer

* Freeze warning Friday night for N & W suburbs, including Montgomery, Howard and Loudoun co. (map)*

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Windy, more sun than clouds. 54-60. | Tonight: Breezy, possible frost. 31-39. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, slightly breezy. Mid-60s. | Sunday: Sunny, pleasant. Upper 60s to low 70s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

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FORECAST IN DETAIL


Winds may whip us around at times through tomorrow. Particulate debris and pollen also pain our eyes just a bit more than usual. Consider wearing a windbreaker during the day today, and perhaps a coat tonight with frosty temperatures possible to the north and west of town. Bring in those potted plants, particularly if living outside the Beltway! As we finish our weekend on a warmer, sunnier note, remember to enjoy it before clouds, showers, and cool temperatures greet us next week.

Today (Friday): While it looks to be a fairly sunny day overall, the sun’s warmth may be negated at times by wind. At 10-15 mph, the north wind will be especially noticeable during periodic gusts up to 25 mph at times. I worry that temperatures may struggle to get into the upper 50s—with more risk of temperatures under performing in the low-to-mid-50s, rather that over-performing. What would it take to get us into the 60s? Full-on sunshine for many hours and a bit of luck. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Good news is that the north winds up to 15 mph should slowly diminish to 5 mph. But when winds diminish, temperatures can actually fall faster. While downtown may only bottom in the mid-to-upper 30s, frost/freeze concerns exist in nearby counties — even counties around the Beltway — where temperatures could dip down into the lower 30s. Some additional frost advisories/freeze warnings are possible. Bundle up, and dress in layers if staying out late. Confidence: High

For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock. Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Saturday): It may be brilliant, with even more blue sky than Friday. We warm up a bit, under all that sunshine, and slightly weaker breezes, out of the northwest, in the 10-15 mph range. High temperatures in the 60s appear probable, with a likely range in the mid-60s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: We won’t be quite as cold, with low temperatures in the mid-to-upper 30s in the suburbs, while downtown lows stall around 40. Better yet, winds should calm and skies should be clear for stargazing. Confidence: Medium-High

Easter Sunday: The weather shouldn’t be a problem for any church-goers. It may require that bonnet for shade, under bright sunshine. Staying outdoors for much of the day? Be sure to use that sunscreen. Temperatures may enter CWG’s “nice day” territory in the upper 60s, with low 70s even possible! Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Sunday night: I’d expect partly cloudy skies but with overall fair weather to be had. Overnight lows should fall slowly toward the mid-to-upper 40s by dawn. Confidence: Medium

Monday may continue the trend of clouds on the increase, noticeable throughout the day. This could end up being a fairly cloudy one featuring some drizzle and showers — but so far we can only call for 20-30% chance of precipitation. But lately we have been in a fairly dry pattern, so showers could be hard to come by. Highs in the low 60s are probable but mid-to-upper 60s could be possible if we see more sun than clouds. Confidence: Low-Medium

Tuesday looks somewhat cloudy again, perhaps holding similar sky conditions to Monday. Shower chances still are in the 20-30% range with high temperatures probably a good bit cooler, holding in the mid-to-upper 50. If sun could possibly peak through in the afternoon., it could poke temperatures above 60, but we have several days to hone this forecast. Confidence: Low-Medium

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