D.C. area forecast: Cold and windy again, but spring’s knock-out punch is on the way

April 3, 2013

* Fire Weather Warning this afternoon *

Today’s Daily Digit

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

4
Second straight helping of deceptive sunshine and wind-chilled highs in low 50s at best? No thank you!

Express Forecast

Today: Sunny with a breezy chill. Near 50 to low 50s.

Tonight: Clear and cold. 20s to near 30.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, light winds. Mid-to-upper 50s.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Temperature Map

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

The bad news is today brings virtually no improvement over yesterday. Still cold and windy despite the sun. The good news, however, is that today will most likely be the coldest day we see for quite some time, with the possible exception of a rain-chilled Friday. 60s look to give 50s a knock-out punch this weekend, and 70s may not be too far behind. How sweet it will be!

Today (Wednesday): High pressure in control spells another day of abundant sunshine. But those pesky winds from the northwest, gusting to near 30 mph, keep the cold air locked in place. Highs most likely stall out from near 50 to the low 50s, with the wind making most of the day feel like the 30s and 40s. Confidence: High

Tonight: Winds go calm and skies stay clear. That’s an ideal recipe for allowing heat near the ground to escape to space. The result is overnight lows a good 15 degrees below normal in some spots, with lows in the 20s across the suburbs to near 30 downtown. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Thursday): High pressure fends off a storm developing over the Southeast U.S., preserving mostly sunny skies for much of the day as highs manage the mid-to-upper 50s. Best news of all? Winds should be on the light side. Note that clouds may increase late in the afternoon or toward evening. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Storminess to the south tries to nose its way into our region. That means skies turn mostly cloudy with a 50-60% chance of showers after midnight. The moistening air makes for a milder night with lows in the upper 30s to mid-40s. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Showers seem likely Friday morning into early afternoon (60% chance) as low pressure heads up the coast, though there’s some chance the system tries to skirt by to our east. Cloudy skies, before the the potential for some mid-to-late afternoon clearing, and any rain should hold highs to the rather chilly upper 40s to mid-50s. Becoming mostly clear and cold Friday night with lows in the 30s. Confidence: Low

The weekend is shaping up as partly to mostly sunny and eventually much improved as far as temperatures go. Warmer air gradually wins out with Saturday highs in the mid-50s to near 60 and Sunday highs in the 60s, with just a slight chance of a Sunday shower. Saturday night lows shouldn’t stray too far from normal, in the upper 30s to low 40s. Confidence: Medium

Dan Stillman is a meteorologist and editor for the Capital Weather Gang. He earned an M.S. in Meteorology from Texas A&M University, and a B.S. in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences from the University of Michigan.
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Dan Stillman · April 3, 2013