D.C. area forecast: Cold and windy today; warming up but unsettled into weekend

10:10 a.m. update: Brief patch of flurries moving through area from northwest to southeast. Because, why not? Won’t put down any accumulation.

Today’s Daily Digit

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

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For the 2 out of 10 people (and that may be generous) that enjoy such a gusty chill in late March.

Express Forecast

Today: Sunny, cold and very windy. Highs: Mid-to-upper 30s.

Tonight: Mostly clear, diminishing wind. Lows: Near 20 to mid-20s.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, not as cold. Highs: Mid-to-upper 40s.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

One more day. Just one more windy and cold day today, mostly likely the coldest we’ll see for quite some time. Tomorrow’s 40s isn’t exactly beach weather. But at least it’s a solid stepping stone to Friday through Sunday when highs reach the 50s and 60s. Do note that showers are likely to accompany the warming temperatures, primarily Friday and again Saturday into Saturday night.

Temperature Map

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

Today (Wednesday): So sunny, yet so cold and windy. Morning temperatures start from the 20s, and only manage the mid-to-upper 30s for highs. Winds from the northwest are sustained near 20-25 mph through much of the day with gusts near 35-40 mph. That means wind chills probably don’t escape the 20s. Confidence: High

Tonight: Winds decrease during the evening and become light overnight as skies stay mostly clear. Feels like a mid-winter night with lows from near 20 to the mid-20s (suburbs to city). Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Thursday): Partly sunny skies and light winds from the south, increasing to near 10-15 mph during the afternoon, help warm highs to the mid-to-upper 40s. Still cold but moving in the right direction. 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

0/10 – Could this finally be the end of the SPI for the season? Might just be.

Tomorrow night: Clouds increase as our next system approaches, with a 30% chance of showers overnight or toward morning. Lows, for a change, are right around average in the upper 30s to low 40s. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Showers are likely on Friday, but they are most definitely rain showers with highs in the mid-50s to low 60s. We may dry out briefly Friday night with mild lows in the mid-40s to low 50s. But periods of rain become likely again Saturday into Saturday night. Again, nothing wintry about these showers with Saturday highs at least near 60 if not well into the 60s, and Saturday night lows in the 40s. Confidence: Low-Medium

Any lingering showers should exit early Sunday morning, and skies should eventually turn partly to mostly sunny. Winds may be kind of breezy from the north, helping to cap highs in the mid-50s to near 60. Confidence: Medium

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PM Update: Areas of snow this evening, then turning windy and cold; extreme storm for eastern New England, Canada