D.C. area forecast: Mild Monday, then cooler; maybe light snow Wed., Friday

Today’s Daily Digit

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

8
55 degrees in mid-January? Yeah, I’ll take it, and will score it high!

Express Forecast

Today: Afternoon increase in clouds. Mild. Highs: 52-56.

Tonight: Cloudy, chance of showers. Lows: 40-45.

Tomorrow: Showery, especially in the AM. Highs: 46-51.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Temperature Map

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

Unless you’re a fan of cold, today’s the nicest day of the week. From here, it’s downhill as we trend wet and then more wintry. After a damp Tuesday, we introduce a chance of a little snow Wednesday. The rest of the week is on the dry and chilly side, although we could see a few more snow showers Friday.

Today (Monday): Partly sunny skies this morning gradually become mostly cloudy in the afternoon. Somebody west of town could even see a sprinkle. But winds from the south (up to 10-15 mph) mean mild temperatures, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Cloudy skies, with a chance of showers, mainly after 10 p.m (40 percent chance). These showers tend to be scattered and intermittent, with amounts less than 0.1″. Winds from the south hold temperatures up, with lows near 40 into the lower 40s.  Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Tuesday): A cold front chugging through the region gives us showers (60 percent chance), at times, through the morning. During the afternoon, we dry out and may even see the sun return, with highs in the upper 40s to near 50.  Winds shift from out of the south to more out of the west at around 10-15 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Cooler air filters into the region behind the front, with lows dropping into the low-to-mid 30s. There’s a slight (20 to 30 percent, east to west) chance  of snow showers by morning, best odds in western areas. Confidence: Medium

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 (→) Some flakes a decent bet Wed., but probably too warm to stick. A few flakes possible again Fri.

Another cold front swings through the area Wednesday and may well produce some snow showers, which could mix with rain near and to the east of I-95.  Because winds will be out of the south/southwest ahead of the front and most snow will fall during the day, temperatures will probably be mainly above freezing reducing accumulation chances. Highs are 34 to 39 (northwest to southeast). The chance of precipitation is roughly 50/50. Clearing out and colder Wednesday night, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s (suburbs-city). Confidence: Medium

Thursday’s mostly sunny, breezy and cold, with highs 35-40.  Some increasing high clouds Thursday night, with lows in the 20s (low 20s colder suburbs to upper 20s downtown. Confidence: Medium

Friday’s similar to Wednesday, bringing another day time cold front passage and the possibility for some snow showers (possibly mixing with rain along and east of I-95). Accumulation prospects are once again dubious given the wind flow (from the south) and resulting temperatures. Highs reach near 40.  Clearing out Friday night, with lows in the 20s. Confidence: Low-Medium

Cold but mostly dry weather settles in for the weekend, with highs generally in the 30s and lows in the 20s. The only wrinkle is Saturday night when a cold front passing by could set off a few snow showers or flurries.  Confidence: Low-Medium

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