D.C. area forecast: At last temperatures going the right way, up through weekend!

January 30

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 in a more normal winter this might be an average day; lots of sun, little wind and melting snow gives it a boost.

Express Forecast

Today: Mainly sunny and calm. Highs: 32-36.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, breeze-free. Lows: 13-25.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny and calm. Highs: 44-48.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Temperature Map

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

Hooray! We have gotten through the worst of the latest Arctic antics and our reward is a little taste of spring. That might sound like an exaggeration but compared with the weeks preceding, highs in the 50s Saturday and Sunday – and I mean well into the 50s – are going to feel every bit springlike. For those of you partaking the Polar Bear Plunge in Rehoboth, Del. on Sunday that is good news although water temps around 40 are not going away (heaven help me). Even the next cold front on late Sunday is a relative weakling, with not a ton of organized precipitation.

Today (Thursday): Bright sun and barely a breeze makes the very cold start to the day bearable (single digits in colder areas). The big thaw gets underway modestly today despite the sunshine with most areas constrained to highs in the mid-30s. Confidence: High

Tonight: Skies turn partly cloudy during the night. Apologies for a huge range on the overnight lows but areas out of town that still have a decent snow cover will plummet to the lower teens while areas downtown with snow but a memory will hold in the mid-20s. Confidence: High

For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock. Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend…

Tomorrow (Friday): Clouds come in bigger doses but there should still be plenty of sunny breaks as well. In any event, temperatures are on a strong uptrend. While winds at the surface may be light, up above a southerly breeze is doing its duty. Highs reach the low-mid 40s in all areas, snow or no. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: The clouds diminish overnight but with most areas lacking a snow cover of note, the temps fall at a slower pace. Lows should range from mid-20s suburbs to near freezing downtown. Confidence: 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 (→): Tues night snow and ice threat needs to be watched. Upgrade may be needed soon.

Saturday is a little taste of heaven. Sunshine and light winds are a great backdrop to highs in the low-to-mid 50s. My guess is there will be a lot of people out and about relishing the break. Overnight lows reside in the 30s for a change. Confidence: High

Sunday (Superbowl Sunday, Groundhog Day) is a busy day as you can see. First that mangy critter up in Pa. is likely to see his shadow and promise more winter. (Next week. for sure, looks wintry with snow and ice threats for many parts of the country, maybe even us, but hopefully not Atlanta.) Then there is that game up in the New York area. Fortunately for the fans, Mother Nature is taking pity on the area and game time temps should at least start out above freezing with only a sprinkle expected. As for closer to home, clouds increase with an overcast sky by midday. With a strong southwesterly breeze, highs are still expected to make the low-to-mid 50s. A few evening sprinkles are likely but measurable rain is less than a 20% chance. Lows drop to the lower 30s.  Confidence: Medium

Monday might see a period rain and/or wet snow (30% chance) but amounts should be light, and chances of measurable snow accumulation are minimal. I doubt we can say that for the rest of the week ahead. Highs struggle to the upper 30s to lower 40s. Confidence: Low-Medium

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