D.C. area forecast: Colder than average weather continues, some weekend warm-up

Today’s Daily Digit

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

3
Cold cloudy chill, but at least we start to dry out again.

Express Forecast

Today: Mostly cloudy, breezy. 45-49.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. 26-34.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, windy. 46-50.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Temperature Map

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

While our wintry precipitation is behind us, we still have a number of days with colder than normal weather ahead.  Clouds and cold today give way to a bit more sunshine tomorrow, although the winds pick up and add some wind chill.  At least the weekend still looks dry. Gradual warming grinds its way forward with 50s for highs on Saturday and potentially- get this- near normal highs around 60 or in the low 60s on Sunday.

Today (Tuesday):  Be mindful of some slippery surfaces this morning as temperatures may dip to or below freezing in the morning hours mainly before 8am.  Low pressure now deep into the Atlantic continues to throw back clouds and colder weather.  Those lingering clouds and breezes from the north (10-15 mph) keep that cool chill to the air even as we at least attempt to dry out.  We could even see a few pop-up light rain/snow mix showers during the day. Highs are well below normal in the mid-to-upper 40s.  Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Partly cloudy skies with light breezes from the north and northwest.  Temperatures fall back into the upper 20s to low 30s with some middle 30s possible right in the city. Confidence: Medium-High

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Snow Potential Index

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

1 (↓) Non-accumulating flurries next couple days, but thinking we’ll bag this soon.
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Tomorrow (Wednesday): Partly sunny skies are favored, but the winds pick up a bit more to blow at 15-20 mph with higher gusts.  This creates a wind chill so we don’t feel the upper 40s to near 50 high temperatures all that well (which is still well below normal for late March). The dry dew point and higher winds also make the air feel really dry despite the recent precipitation. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Partly cloudy and still cold with lows in the upper 20s in the outer ‘burbs to the low-to-mid 30s in the city.  Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Thursday aims for partly sunny skies with continued colder-than-normal temperatures in the upper 40s to low 50s.  At least the breezes should be lighter than Wednesday.  Dew points are again dry and down into the 20s.  Thursday night is partly cloudy with lows expected to edge a bit warmer in the low to middle 30s. Confidence: Medium-High

Friday features partly to mostly sunny skies with the warmest temperatures of this week so far.  Highs range in the low-to-mid 50s around the area, which is still colder than normal for the final days of March (should be low 60s instead).  Friday night is favored to be partly cloudy to clear with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s. Confidence: Medium

The weekend sees warmer opportunities as the pattern remains dry.  Partly to mostly sunny skies accompany peak temperatures in the middle 50s on Saturday and in the low 60s on Sunday.  Saturday night lows range from the low-to-mid 30s in the outer suburbs to the upper 30s or near 40 in the city.  Our next weather system approaches by Monday. Confidence: Medium

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PM Update: Precipitation ends this evening, some slick spots possible into morning