D.C. area forecast: Warming trend through weekend, with one minor blip

Today’s Daily Digit

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

6
Wow, sunshine and highs above freezing? To what do we owe this pleasure?

Express Forecast

Today: Partly to mostly sunny. Highs: Upper 30s to low 40s.

Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy. Lows: Near 20 to mid-20s.

Tomorrow: Partly to mostly cloudy. Highs: Mid-30s to near 40.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Slowly but surely we are wrestling ourselves away from this latest winter blast. After reaching the freezing mark in D.C. yesterday, we aim for near or even a bit past 40 today. We may step back a few degrees tomorrow, but should rebound into the 40s on Friday and into the 50s this weekend as the clocks spring forward. There is however one blip that still bears watching, which is an area of low pressure trying to graze us with light precipitation Thursday night into Friday morning.

Temperature Map

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

Today (Wednesday): Sprawling high pressure centered north of the Great Lakes sends light breezes from the north our way. That keeps temperatures well below normal once again, though noticeably improved from yesterday after we get past another chilly morning. Partly to mostly sunny skies push the melting process along as highs reach the upper 30s to low 40s. Those winds from the north average near or under 10 mph. Confidence: High

Tonight: Skies turn partly to mostly cloudy and breezes pick up from the north-northeast. Both the clouds and the wind should help keep temperatures from falling too far. Lows likely settle near 20 to the mid-20s. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Thursday): Low pressure off the Southeast coast creeps north in our direction. Don’t think we’ll see any precipitation just yet, but skies are probably partly to mostly cloudy with highs in the mid-30s to near 40. Winds from the northeast turn more from the east later in the day. Confidence: Medium-High

Snow Potential Index

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

2 (↓) Unless things change, Thursday night-Friday threat looks like no more than a few passing flakes. Nothing else doing over the next week.

Tomorrow night: The models continue to tease with precipitation approaching the area from the south after around midnight but stopping just short. Although odds of the moisture making it a little further north seem to be declining, we’ll still allow for a 20-30% chance of a light wintry mix under mostly cloudy skies. Lows dip to the upper 20s to low 30s. Confidence: Low-Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Most signs suggest the system to our south will head out to sea on Friday, leaving us with just a chance of a morning rain or snow shower and nothing more. There’s still a small chance the system could try to come further north. But assuming it doesn’t, then the day should turn out just fine with increasing sun by afternoon and highs in the 40s, followed by Friday night lows near 30 to the mid-30s. Confidence: Low-Medium

Spring-forward weekend offers just a touch of spring, with highs into the much more pleasant 50s both Saturday and Sunday, and Saturday night lows in the 30s. Skies should be partly to mostly clear throughout, except perhaps more cloudy Saturday night into Sunday morning when a weak cold front could trigger a passing rain or snow shower. Confidence: Medium-High

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PM Update: Very cold tonight, breaking out of the freeze Wednesday; late week storm?