PM Update: Spring shows up for Saturday, then takes a hike

Clouds breaking over D.C. late this afternoon. (National Park Service)
Clouds breaking over D.C. late this afternoon. (National Park Service)

Well, today was quite the letdown if you were banking on the predicted sunshine and highs near 60. Instead a warm front kept skies mostly cloudy, and some upper-level energy triggered showers mainly across the northern and eastern suburbs. Highs were mainly near 50 to the mid-50s, except near 60 west and southwest of D.C. where some afternoon sun broke out. We promise tomorrow will be warmer.

Temperature Map

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

Through Tonight: Overall it’s a pleasant evening, if a bit cool, with partly cloudy skies and temperatures falling into the 40s. Not too chilly overnight with lows in the upper 30s in the colder suburbs to the low-to-mid 40s downtown.

The Weekend: Saturday is more confidently warmer than today, with a mild breeze from the west near 10-15 mph helping highs to the mid-60s to near 70. However, a cold front coming through does mean partly cloudy skies and the potential for a passing midday shower. Winds from the north-northwest bring in cooler air Saturday night with lows in the upper 30s to low 40s. Sunday should see plenty of clouds, with potential for a bit of midday rain or non-accumulating snow to pass through or just to the south, as highs get stuck in the 40s.

Monday and Tuesday: The work week starts innocent enough with high pressure providing mostly sunny skies, but also cold highs only in the 40s again. Tuesday into Tuesday night, however, remains a big question mark with possibilities ranging from a significant storm with accumulating snow, to mainly rain or just barely getting grazed.

See our earlier post for a full update on next week’s possible storm.

Dan Stillman is a meteorologist and editor for the Capital Weather Gang. He earned an M.S. in Meteorology from Texas A&M University, and a B.S. in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences from the University of Michigan.
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