The shift in the weather pattern from cold to mild was abrupt. After struggling to reach freezing yesterday, Reagan National touched 50 today. A chilly overnight is in the offing, but then we warm-up even more, climbing well into the 50s Friday. Above average temperatures are here to stay through the middle of next week it appears.

Through Tonight: Skies are partly cloudy and it’s chilly, but nothing unusual for early January. Lows range from the mid-to-upper 20s in the colder suburbs to the low 30s downtown. With relatively high dew points, frost may form on car windshields, so have the scraper handy.

Friday: A spring-like day to close out our coldest week of winter so far. Highs climb into the mid-to-upper 50s and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a 60-degree reading nearby, especially in our southern suburbs. Winds are from the south at 5-10 mph.

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Amazing warmth across Lower 48: Above average temperatures have pretty much overtaken the whole country. Note these remarkable stats via Twitter:

@stormchaser4850: At least 8 states (KS, NE, MO, IA, SD, ND, MT, MN) report multiple record warm temps. (U.S. temperature map)

@wxdude: Right now only 3.2% of lower 48 is below 32 degrees.

@weatherchannel: Today’s hi of 60 in Minot, ND is 40 degs above avg

@trobec: Current temperature in Rapid City, South Dakota: 70. Current temperature in Miami, Florida: 67. Hah!

@weatherchannel: All-time Jan record highs set in Williston, ND (57) & Minot, ND (60) this PM