D.C. area forecast: Chill eases today, mild start to weekend but wet finish

Today’s Daily Digit

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

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While temperatures are higher today, so are the winds; alas, another brisk day.

Express Forecast

Today: Partly cloudy a.m., mainly sunny p.m. Highs: 41-45.

Tonight: Clear, light breeze. Lows: 20s.

Tomorrow: Sunny and calm. Highs: 42-46.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Temperature Map

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

I must have been bad since all I got for Christmas was a bag of cold! Today is most definitely warmer but the wind chill is the problem today as a clipper zips by to our north. Things definitely turn friendlier for the mall crowd by Saturday with 50s likely to improve attitudes for those headed to the returns line. Sunday is not looking as promising as most models are showing a rain system coming up from the south likely to turn outdoor ice skating into more like water skiing.

Today (Thursday): A clipper system far to our north could push some pesky clouds into the area in the morning (a stray snow flurry can’t be ruled out, especially north of town), but gradually afternoon skies should clear. Winds pick up from the west occasionally gusting to 15-20 mph by afternoon, taking the fun out of highs in the low-to-mid 40s. Confidence: High

Tonight: The stars are twinkling through the night skies and breezes, while lighter, still come from the northwest at 5-10 mph. This leads to disparate lows across the region as calmer outlying areas slip to the lower 20s while most other areas fall to the mid-to-upper 20s. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Friday): The drop off in winds makes the day feel improved. However, highs are still not likely to be much better with low-to-mid 40s expected. Skies are sunny which helps warm the lunch truck lines. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: The night is a calm one which allows temps to drop notably. Lows fall  to the low-to-mid 20s in the colder suburbs but near 30 downtown. Confidence: High

A LOOK AHEAD

Saturday is a step in the right direction. Highs peak in the low-to-mid 50s under perfectly sunny skies. This is the day to be out and about! Clouds begin to slowly increase across the area overnight and this helps to keep the lows in the mid-to-upper 30s. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday is a good day to huddle up by the fire and watch some football or work on those gifts that have the understated warning, “some assembly required”. In any event, the outside is likely to be miserable with a gradually building wind from the northeast and a likely steady patter of rain drops across the area (70% chance). If this system is as good as it looks on paper, some areas could end up with a half to an inch of rain. Highs will only be in the low-to-mid 40s. The rains taper off overnight but winds shift to gust out of the northwest. Lows should reach the upper 20s to lower 30s. Confidence: Medium

Monday is likely to clear out nicely but those northwesterly winds are serious and temperatures will struggle to make much headway. Highs should do no better than upper 30s to lowers 40s as another Arctic air mass sweeps in. Confidence: Medium

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