What a turnaround: at 5 a.m. today it was snowing and freezing, but by 5 p.m. it was 57 with sunshine. This is just the beginning of this work week’s warm regime. Wednesday brings more mild weather, but we may have to dodge some morning showers first.
Through Tonight: Partly cloudy skies early this evening become mostly cloudy late at night. Lows range from the low-to-mid 30s in our colder suburbs to near 40 downtown. Winds are light.
Tomorrow (Wednesday): There’s a reasonably good chance of rain showers in the morning, from 40 percent in southern areas to 60 percent in northern Maryland. Then skies should turn partly sunny in the early-to-mid afternoon (might take a little longer, especially north and east of the District), with highs in the low-to-mid 50s – possibly even the upper 50s if we break into sunshine at little sooner. Winds are from the south and then from the west, at around 10 mph.
Chicago forecaster at wits’ end: The Windy City has experienced a punishing winter with severe cold and loads of snow. When discussing the next round of harsh winter weather expected by the weekend, a National Weather Service forecaster shows little restraint (from the 11:42 a.m. forecast discussion):
FOR ANYONE WHO MAY CATCH A TOUCH OF SPRING FEVER WITH THE RELATIVE WARMTH OF THURSDAY…FORGETABOUTIT! ECMWF/GFS BOTH PAINT SUCH A BLEAK … DISMAL … COLD… AND POTENTIALLY SNOWY PICTURE NEXT WEEK THAT ITS LIKELY TO LEAVE MANY WINTER WEARY SOULS READY TO CURL UP INTO THE FETAL POSITION AND BEG FOR MERCY FROM OLD MAN WINTER!
— NASA (@NASA) February 18, 2014