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PM Update: A cloudy, somewhat mild Friday; Topper Shutt’s winter outlook

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Today was a “blah” weather day, characterized by overcast skies and coolish temps in the upper 40s to near 50. What you see now and is what you get overnight, but a push of milder air from the south boosts temperatures 10 degrees higher Friday. A few showers may play spoiler, though, during the afternoon.

Through Tonight: Overcast skies with temperatures close to holding steady. They slide back 3-5 degrees at most. Lows range from the mid-to-upper 40s.

Tomorrow (Friday): It remains mostly if not completely cloudy, but a breeze from the southwest (at 5-10 mph) helps high temperatures reach 60-63 degrees. During the afternoon, there’s a 30 percent chance of showers.

See David Streit’s forecast into early next week. And if you haven’t already, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter . For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock.

Great Falls on Saturday, November 16 (Angela N. via Flickr) Great Falls on Saturday, November 16 (Angela N. via Flickr)

Topper Shutt winter outlook: Last night, WUSA9 chief meteorologist released his winter outlook. He expects normal to slightly below normal temperatures and snowfall very close to average, or perhaps slightly above. His colleague, Howard Bernstein, calls for a more meager snow output of 10-15 inches, slightly below the average of 15.4″.

For those of you keeping tracking the various winter outlooks from different forecasters in the region, here’s a nifty scorecard from Jordan Tesler who runs the TerpWeather Facebook page (note the WUSA9 forecast shown reflects Howard Bernstein’s call for 10-15 inches, not Topper Shutt’s normal to slightly above normal call):

Related: CWG Winter outlook 2013-14 for Washington, D.C.: Volatile, leaning warm, with below normal snow | NOAA winter outlook: a coin toss for D.C.’s temperatures and precipitation | AccuWeather predicts below average snow for Washington, D.C. this winter | Doug Hill, Doug Kammerer predict normal to above normal snow for D.C. this winter | The Farmers’ Almanac outrageous forecast: a frigid, snowy winter and stormy Super Bowl

Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.
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