D.C. area forecast: Sunny and breezy today; “warmer” Saturday

March 22, 2013

Today’s Daily Digit

A somewhat subjective rating of the days weather, on a scale of 1 to 10.

5
If only we could have winter’s pollen levels, I would like these windy 40s a bit more. +1 for sunshine?

Express Forecast

Today: More sun than clouds. Breezy. Mid-to-upper 40s.

Tonight: Mainly clear, breezy. Mid-20s to low 30s.

Tomorrow: Sunny, but clouds slowly increase. 50-55.

Sunday: Rain possible, mixed with snow? 40s.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Temperature Map

Temperatures:Latest D.C. area temperature map. See interactive map on our Weather Wall.

Winter’s revenge continues. And we can’t get sunshine without the chill, as winds continue to bug us through the day. At least tomorrow might not be too bad. Later Sunday and earlier Monday is when snowflakes could mix into our periods of rain. But don’t expect much more than slop, unless maybe you live at a higher elevation to the west. By Tuesday, all should calm as we begin to, finally, warm back up into the 50s again.

Today (Friday): Substantial sunshine and wind. Unfortunately, yes, westerly winds are again noticeable today with some gusts around 25 mph possible. I know you are sick of temperatures well below average, but we’ve got them again with high temperatures generally eking into the mid-to-upper 40s. It’s gotta warm up some day, right? Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Is why we can’t claim the growing season has started yet. Low temperatures bottom out before sunrise in the mid-20s outside the Beltway, and may remain at or slightly above freezing downtown. Grab the sweaters & scarves since we still may have a chilly northwesterly breeze persist, under mainly clear skies. Confidence: High

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

Tomorrow (Saturday): Some sunshine to enjoy, but a few more clouds than Friday possibly, and they should be slowly increasing during the afternoon. The consolation? Warmer temperatures near 50 and maybe toward the mid-50s. Lighter 5-10 mph breezes too. Confidence: Medium-High

Snow Potential Index

A daily assessment of the potential for *accumulating* snow for the next week on a 1-10 scale. More info

2 (→) Chance remains for some slop late Sunday into Monday, but meaningful accumulation still looks tough to get—especially difficult inside the Beltway.
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Tomorrow night: Clouds move in slowly and may overtake the region by sunrise. This, and light but consistent breezes, help keep overnight low temperatures up a tad, in the low-to-mid 30s region wide.  Confidence: Medium

Sunday: Skies may stay very cloudy if not fully overcast as a storm system starts its approach to the area. We have a 20-30% chance of showers by 2 p.m., with some of it, particularly in the colder suburbs, possibly mixing with flakes. Precipitation chances increase to at least 50% by late afternoon or evening with high temperatures near 40 or into the the mid-40s throughout the region. Confidence: Low-Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Sunday night: Rain could continue (70-80% chance), and some locations especially north and west of I-95 could mix with or change to snow. Low temperatures in the low-to-mid 30s may not be achieved until near sunrise, so it still appears difficult for snow to accumulate readily, especially inside the Beltway. Snow-conducive (elevated) areas well west and northwest of the city do have a chance at some accumulation. Confidence: Low

During Monday it’s possible our storm system not only remains in our area but could strengthen just a bit, as it fully redevelops offshore and moves off to the northeast. Rain and snow remain possible for our region, especially in the morning (around 40-50% chance) with a possibility of increasing winds.  High temperatures stay chilly around 40 to the mid-40s if we are lucky. Oof. Confidence: Low

Tuesday is when sunshine may really return and help “boost” high temperatures toward the upper 40s to low 50s. Fingers crossed! Confidence: Low

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