Today: Increasing sun. 35-40. | Tonight: Partly to mostly clear. Near 20 to upper 20s. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny. Upper 30s to near 40. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

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While lawmakers have started the new year with a flurry of fiscal cliff activity, it seems Mother Nature is interested in no such drama. In fact, our weather through the weekend is about as quiet as can be. A bit chilly, yes. But no serious deep freeze and no significant storms, either. Even a peek into early next week doesn’t show much of note other than a decent warming trend.

Today (Wednesday): Skies transition from mostly cloudy to mostly sunny during the morning, and should stay sunny straight through the afternoon. Winds are only a bit breezy, around 10 mph, but from a chilly northwest direction. That means cold highs only around 35-40. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: High pressure should keep skies partly to mostly clear through the night, and with light winds temperatures steadily drop during the evening into the overnight. Lows bottom near 20 in the coldest suburbs to the mid-to-upper 20s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Thursday): With systems passing to our north and south, we’ll call it partly sunny here in between, but probably precipitation-free. Highs may be a couple degrees warmer that today, but still chilly in the upper 30s to near 40 with light winds. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: A fairly average early-January night is what we have in store. Lows drop back to the mid-20s to near 30 (suburbs to city) under partly cloudy skies. Confidence: Medium-High


No major weather systems expected to pass through during the Friday through Sunday period. That spells partly to mostly sunny skies with highs near 40 on Friday, well into the 40s Saturday, and breezy upper 30s to mid-40s on Sunday. Precipitation-wise, at this point it doesn’t look like we’d see anything more than a flurry or sprinkle. Friday and Saturday night lows range from the 20s to low 30s. Confidence: Medium