D.C. area forecast: Sunny Sunday dries us out; unsettled midweek?

Today’s Daily Digit

A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

8
Big bump up from yesterday! Lots of sun and temps near 50+ outweigh a bit of a breeze.

Express Forecast

Today: Mostly sunny and mild. Highs: Near 50 to low 50s.

Tonight: Mostly to partly clear. Lows: Near 30 to Upper 30s.

Tomorrow: Increasing clouds. Sprinkle late? Highs: Low-to-mid 50s.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

A much drier day is in the making today with plenty of sun and mild air to help firm up the soggy ground.  Above-normal temperatures stick around through Tuesday, but with a few showers possible Monday night through Tuesday night. Forecast confidence drops way down as we get into Wednesday, when colder air and developing low pressure may combine for some rain or snow, followed by an even colder latter part of the work week.

Temperature Map

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

Today (Sunday): Any lingering cloudiness should clear out early this morning with mostly sunny skies taking over for the bulk of the day. Mild temperatures accompany the sunshine, making for a rather nice day with highs climbing to near 50 to the low 50s. Easily the pick of the weekend, even with winds from the west near 15 mph with some higher gusts. Confidence: High

Tonight: Winds become light during the evening, and skies stay mostly to partly clear as we head through a tranquil night. Overnight lows range from near 30 in the suburbs to the mid-to-upper 30s downtown. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Monday): The morning should feature at least partly sunny skies, but a frontal system coming in from the west increases cloud cover for the afternoon.  Can’t rule out a late-afternoon sprinkle mainly in the western suburbs. Otherwise, it’s another day on the plus side for mid-January around here, with highs helped to the low-to-mid 50s by winds near 10 mph from the south. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: The front closes in and moves through during the evening and overnight. It doesn’t have a whole lot of moisture with it, but could squeeze out a period of scattered showers (40-50% chance). Temperatures stay above freezing, so any showers are of the rain variety as lows bottom in the mid-to-upper 30s. Confidence: Meidum-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Snow Potential Index

A daily assessment of the potential for at least ~1″ of snow in the next week, on a 0-10 scale.

2 (→) Wednesday storm still an iffy proposition. Timing and temps may limit snow, but worth watching.

One system moves out early Tuesday and another one starts to head our way late.  In between we see a 30% chance of a few showers, but also some clearing skies as highs stay on the mild side, reaching the upper 40s to low 50s. Clouds stream back later in the day or during the evening, and a wave of low pressure may develop nearby Tuesday night. Any precipitation (40-50% chance) is likely in the form of rain, but temperatures will probably be on their way down to lows in the low-to-mid 30s. Confidence: Low-Medium

Cold air continues to filter into the region on Wednesday. Meanwhile, that developing low pressure may produce some more in the way of precipitation. That means a chance of rain or snow. But for now uncertainty is high as to how weak or strong the system will be, and whether it will be cold enough for impactful snow. Highs should max out somewhere in the upper 30s to low 40s. Confidence: Low

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