D.C. area forecast: Still cold for now, but less stormy with brighter skies

Today’s Daily Digit

A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 1 to 10.

5
Much improved with increasing sun, but still on the cool side with a chilling wind.

Express Forecast

Today: Clearing skies, breezy. Highs: Near 40 to low 40s.

Tonight: Mostly clear and chilly. Lows: Near 20 to upper 20s.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, cold. Highs: Low-to-mid 30s.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Yesterday’s storm is headed into the North Atlantic and we’re heading into a less stormy pattern for the time being. Despite the sunnier disposition of the next few days, except maybe for a cloudier Tuesday when a few flurries or snow showers could come through, temperatures remain on the cold side through the first half of the week. If you’re looking for a warm-up, well that may just be in the cards as we get into the second half of the week, when highs could make a run at 50 and beyond.


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Today (Sunday): After perhaps some early-morning fog, skies turn gradually more sunny through the day and temperatures respond nicely as well, as afternoon highs reach near 4o to the low 40s. We’ll be dealing with a noticeable breeze though, blowing from the west at 15-20 mph. Confidence: High

Tonight: Skies stay mostly clear through the night as winds diminish down to around 5-10 mph. That’s still enough of a breeze to keep temperatures from dropping as low as they could, though it’s plenty chilly with lows from near 20 to the low 20s in the outskirts, to the mid-to-upper 20s downtown. Confidence: High

Any signs of warmer weather?  Keep reading for the forecast through midweek…

Tomorrow (Monday): The core of the cold air mass moves across the area and that keeps our temperatures from rising too much despite mostly sunny skies. Highs only make the low-to-mid 30s and winds, while a bit calmer than today, still put an extra bite in the air. They blow from the northwest at 10-15 mph. Confidence: High

Snow Potential Index

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

2 (↓) Maybe a snow shower Tuesday. Otherwise, eye on late next weekend when it gets colder with moisture lurking to the south.

Tomorrow night: Once again we’re headed for a chilly overnight, though increasing clouds help keep us out of the teens.  Those clouds stream in ahead of a disturbance coming out of the Great Lakes, and could feature a flurry or two by morning as lows settle in the 20s. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

On Tuesday a weak storm system passes by mainly to the north, but could push enough moisture far enough south to squeeze out some flurries or snow showers over us. A breeze from the south helps highs reach near 40 to the low 40s under partly to mostly cloudy skies.  Tuesday night lows range from the mid-20s to low 30s. Confidence: Medium

The Tuesday system is heading away from the New England coast by Wednesday, leaving us behind with a partly sunny and breezy day. Highs remain a good deal below normal, in the upper 30s to low 40s. Confidence: Medium

By Thursday, we finally get a decent warm-up for the area! High pressure centered to our southeast helps pump milder air up along the East Coast. That should boost afternoon highs to the mid-40s to low 50s.  Confidence: Medium

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D.C. area forecast: Showery evening, a few slick spots north and west; breezy Sunday