D.C. area forecast: Cold and breezy, then warmer in time for weekend

Today’s Daily Digit

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

3
Another day closer to April and still talking wind chill. Dislike.

Express Forecast

Today: Partly sunny and breezy. Flurry or sprinkle? Upper 40s to near 50.

Tonight: Chance of flurries or snow shower. Upper 20s to mid-30s.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny and breezy. Flurry? Upper 40s to near 50.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Temperature Map

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

The next two days are about as frustrating as it gets for those craving some spring fever. Temperatures stay stubbornly well below average and winds make it even worse. But then it all changes. Friday is modestly warmer, and we’re talking near and above 60 this weekend. Showers might intrude at some point Sunday. Still, it will be nice to finally have some warmth to go with Daylight Saving Time.

Today (Wednesday): When, oh when, will it feel more like spring? Sorry to say it wont’ be today. Highs only make the upper 40s to near 50, about 10 degrees below average. And despite partly sunny skies, they’ll feel a good bit colder than that thanks to a brisk breeze from the northwest, increasing to 15-20 mph with gusts near 30 mph. Can’t rule out a passing flurry or sprinkle. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Winds ease but don’t die out completely, and partly cloudy skies could produce a few flurries or a snow shower as some upper-level energy swings through. Lows stay chilly, in the upper 20s to mid-30s. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Thursday): Kind of a frustrating day if you’re looking for incremental improvement. We’ve got none that I see, with maybe a morning flurry, gusts back up to near 30 mph, and highs making a return visit to the upper 40s to near 50 under partly sunny skies. 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

1 (→) Just a flurry chance for now, but cold shot and possible storminess about a week out keeps the SPI hanging on by a thread.
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Tomorrow night: Skies clear and winds abate again as high pressure builds in. Temperatures find their way back down toward the freezing mark, bottoming in the low-to-mid 30s. Confidence: High

A LOOK AHEAD

Finally, a warming trend sets in with Friday highs in the mid-to-upper 50s and Saturday highs in the upper 50s to low 60s, not to mention partly to mostly sunny skies both days. Friday night and Saturday night lows lose some of their chill as well, settling in the 30s to near 40. Confidence: Medium-High

The approach of our next weather system means increasing clouds on Sunday and a chance of showers, probably not until afternoon but too early to say that for sure. A mild breeze from the south helps highs to near 60 to the mid-60s. Confidence: Low-Medium

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