Clouds have been somewhat slow to break today, but the process continues this afternoon. Highs are now reaching the low-and-mid 50s in the cooler spots to the upper 50s in the milder ones, and the warm-up is just beginning! Today’s near average temperatures are on their way up the next two days -- we could even be flirting with 80 by Friday. All those already-sprouting plants and others thinking about doing so are looking at a nice boost in the coming days.

Clouds: Latest mid-Atlantic infrared satellite shows movement of clouds over past two hours. Refresh page to update. See more maps on our Weather Wall.

Through Tonight: We head mostly clear overnight, and this should help lows have a decent range from the cold spots to the warm. Yet, no spots will be really cold because the air mass overhead is fairly mild. Lows reach the upper 30s to the mid-40s. Breezes are light, mainly from the northwest.

Tomorrow (Thursday): With much less in the way of cloud cover, and a shift in winds to the west and southwest, we warm quite well. When you wake up and check the blog in the morning, you should see the “nice day stamp” front and center! Just a few clouds float by here and there as highs rise to the mid-60s or even near 70.

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Japan weather: Weather is slowing the relief effort following the earthquake and tsunami. Thanks in part to cold and stormy -- in some cases snowy -- conditions which have impacted many parts of the hardest hit areas of northeast Japan, U.S. relief flights were halted for much of Wednesday because of poor visibility. The scenes of destruction mixed with the beauty of snow are both anticlimactic and compelling.