D.C. area forecast: Out with rain and snow, in with the sun, and milder but windy

* Weekend rain and snow totals *

Today’s Daily Digit

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

8
Snow and rain: See ya! Bring on the sun, I can even handle the wind.

Express Forecast

Today: Mostly sunny, windy. Highs: 58-63.

Tonight: Diminishing winds, chilly. Lows: 32-41.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, delightful. 63-68.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Temperature Map

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

The weekend washout and brief whiteout are history. Now we can dispense with the clouds and bring on the sun, for a couple days at least. That works wonders in elevating our temperatures. By mid- to late week, a frontal system setting up over the area brings back clouds and shower chances, but fortunately relatively mild air sticks around.

Today (Monday): Don’t expect immediate spring-like conditions when you get up and head out.  The combination of gusty winds and temperatures in the 30s to near 40 makes for a blustery feel. But, by afternoon, temperatures work their way well into the 50s, eventually cresting around the 60-degree mark.  Winds are from northwest at 15-25 mph in the morning, gusting to near 30 mph.  They diminish to around 10-15 mph (gusting to 20-25 mph) by late in the afternoon.  Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Clear, calm, and chilly.  Temps fairly quickly fall back through the 50s and 40s. Lows range from near freezing in our colder suburbs (yes – you may need your scraper at dawn) to around 40 downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Tuesday): This is a gem of a day.  Under mostly sunny skies and an incoming breeze from the south, highs take a  ride into the mid-60s – with perhaps a few upper 60s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Mostly clear and uneventful.  Lows range from the upper 30s in our colder suburbs to the upper 40s downtown. Light winds. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

A pesky front sets up over the region Wednesday as the day wears on.  Exactly where it situates itself has big implications for the forecast.  It looks like it stays just to our north Wednesday which would favor partly sunny skies, mild temperatures and just a slight chance of showers in the afternoon and at night (better shower chances in our northern areas).  High are probably 60-65 (cooler with less sun, milder with more) with overnight lows in the 40s. (If the front sets up further south, we’d have more clouds, cooler temps and greater shower chances).    Confidence: Medium

The front sinks south Thursday and low pressure may develop along it.  That signifies increasing clouds and a chance of rain showers.  Highs are probably around 60. Rain is likely Thursday night, with lows in the 40s. Confidence: Medium

We may have a break in the rain for a time on Friday as the front possibly lifts back north as a warm front. But then a new cold front approaches from the west with another round of showers possible, especially by late afternoon and at night.  Showers could interfere with opening day for the Nats but it’s too soon to pin down their timing, so keep an eye on forecasts.  Highs are probably near 60, with lows in the 40s. Confidence: Low-Medium

A few showers could linger into Saturday, but all fronts should exit the region by the middle of the day – fingers crossed.  So – right now at least – Saturday afternoon (and perhaps the morning) looks promising, with the sun coming out and highs 60-65.  Mostly clear Saturday night, with lows in the 30s (cooler suburbs) to low 40s.  I’m cautiously optimistic about Sunday’s outlook as well, with highs near 60 under partly sunny skies (an increase in clouds is possible  late). But keep an eye on forecast updates as the weather patterns are changing quickly right now. Confidence: Low-Medium

Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.
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