D.C. area forecast: A string of pleasant days ahead as we spring forward tonight

3:30 p.m. update: Westerly winds off the mountains (a warming direction for the wind) and plentiful sunshine allowed much of the area to reach the near 60 to mid-60s range today. Hopefully no one is complaining too much about being a little warmer than expected! We still anticipate a weak front to move through tonight, leading to a cooler day tomorrow.

Today’s Daily Digit

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

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A day with temperatures not too far from average seems like a huge win lately.

Express Forecast

Today: Mostly sunny early, trending cloudier late. Highs: 53-60.

Tonight:Mostly cloudy. Rain or snow shower? Lows: 32-39.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, breezy. Highs: Upper 40s to lower 50s.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Temperature Map

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

The dark days are ending while we slowly trudge toward the warm season. Over the next few, you might actually start to believe it’s coming! This weekend features a bit of a temperature roller coaster, though nothing too cold. The real nice stuff arrives for Monday and especially Tuesday. Of course with all the cold air still to our northwest, winter won’t be giving in too easily.

Today (Saturday): Skies are partly cloudy, though perhaps trending from mostly clear early toward fairly cloudy by sunset. Highs mainly head for the mid-50s, with a range from 53-60 likely from north to south. Winds from the west blow around 10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Clouds thicken for the overnight period, as a weak front pushes through the area. There could be a rain or snow shower (20-30% chance) after midnight, but nothing worth writing home about. Lows dip to near freezing in the cold spots to the upper 30s in the warm. Remember: daylight saving time starts early Sunday morning — set any old-school manual clocks ahead one hour before bed! Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Sunday): We clear back out on Sunday, if not to start the day then pretty quickly thereafter. It’s a little cooler than today thanks to some fresh chill behind the weak front, so highs are mainly in the upper 40s to lower 50s. Winds may be somewhat gusty, especially in the afternoon. They’re sustained around 10-15 for a period at least. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Enjoy the extra evening light? I know I will! It’s a calm night on the whole, with partly cloudy skies overhead. Winds are light, and that helps temperatures drop into the upper 20s in the colder suburbs to the mid-30s in D.C. Confidence: Medium-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. More info

1 (→) Still watching a storm system next week, but getting accumulating snow is a challenge by mid-March.

On Monday, the battle between warmer air to the south and colder air to the north has us right in the middle. We should head through the 50s at the least. Let’s call it upper 50s to lower 60s, though it could be a little cooler to the north. Partly cloudy and not too windy. Sweet. Confidence: Medium-High

Tuesday should be the warmest day of this stretch, as temperatures reach the 60s everywhere (fingers crossed!). Under partly cloudy skies, we head into at least the low-and-mid 60s, and maybe even higher if we get lucky. Could even meet Nice Day criteria?!? Don’t get too excited about the warmth though, colder air is poised to move back in late week. Confidence: Medium-High

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