TODAY’S DAILY DIGIT
A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.
5/10: Clammy 40s with showers would get at least another point docked … if it wasn’t Friday.
Today: Cloudy, showers possible. Highs: 40-49.
Tonight: Overcast with showers, light rain. Lows: 38-45.
Tomorrow: Steadier, moderate rain at times. Highs: Mid-50s to low 60s.
Sunday: More sun than clouds. Breezy. Highs: Low-to-mid 40s.
FORECAST IN DETAIL
Chilly, clammy air sets up shop today, with a brief warm-up possible tomorrow, though clouds stay camped in place through at least tomorrow night. Shower and rain chances increase in earnest overnight tonight and through tomorrow when it could be quite wet. You might want to start lugging that umbrella this morning and trade it in for a scarf and lined windbreaker by Sunday. Next week may start off on a note of mediocrity, with clouds yet again, sorry to say.
Today (Friday): We are enjoying a cloudy, perhaps showery-at-times day, thanks to a quasi-stationary front stuck over our region. Any showers should stay fairly light during morning hours (35% chance of seeing drops). A slight midday lull can’t be ruled out–that’s good for lunch breaks. By later afternoon we have a 45% chance of showers again though, and they could be just a bit wetter and last a bit longer than earlier in the day. High temperatures have a chance of getting stuck in the low 40s in the colder spots north and west of town, with mid-to-upper 40s for D.C. and points southeast appearing more likely. A light east breeze around 5 mph shouldn’t bother us too much. Confidence: Medium-High
Tonight: Clouds hang tough. Get used to them. With our shroud comes continued chances of showers and light rain (45-55% chance, or a bit more). Temperatures kind of hover, only slowly dropping into and through the 38-45 degree range. A light south breeze shouldn’t feel too chilly. Rain amounts could get above a quarter inch or so, in the wetter spots. Confidence: Medium
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Tomorrow (Saturday): Risk averse readers who made outdoor plans might want to make other plans, or at least have a plan B ready. It is looking wet (75% chance) and this rain looks to be steady at times if it comes together as it appears it will. If we see a perfect path of this storm system approaching, we could have a few spots with an inch or more of rain. Southerly breezes at 5-10 mph help boost our temperatures a bit, into the mid-50s to low 60s. Stay tuned if we have to adjust these temperature expectations, a bit. Confidence: Low-Medium
Tomorrow night: Showers are possible especially early, but the risk drops as we go into the night. Do we even get a quick pre-dawn dry out? Winds could switch from light westerly to a strong 15-25 mph northwesterly wind after midnight. That would help us dry out–and cool off–quite quickly before dawn! Low temperatures may dip to around 40 downtown, but around freezing is possible north and west of town. Confidence: Medium
Sunday: Skies should be mainly clear. But it’s blustery behind our rainy storm system. The good news is that it should finally–and fully–clear out our stationary front as well. I still want to keep a few periodic clouds in the forecast–especially midday and early afternoon timeframe–along with a 10% chance of isolated showers. Bundle up if going to the Redskins game. High temperatures could be stuck in the low-to-mid 40s. Subtract several degrees for wind chill, if northerly breezes stay steady. Around 15 mph is a decent bet for wind speed, but we will keep you updated. Confidence: Medium
A LOOK AHEAD
Sunday night: Clouds could return in numbers, and a 10% chance of an isolated shower still seems prudent to keep in the forecast. Perhaps even a wet snowflake or two well (wellllll) north and west of town. Low temperatures in the 30-38 degree range will feel a bit chilly. So don’t forget that heavier jacket if staying out late. Confidence: Low-Medium
Monday is when clouds set up camp for at least the day, and showers may start in earnest by afternoon (30-40% chance). Thanks to said clouds, our high temperatures may remain muted in the low-to-mid 40s. Without sunshine, I think some of us may want to consider gloves and a scarf? Confidence: Low-Medium
Some showers (20% chance) are possible, especially early, on Tuesday. If we see the substantial level of cloud cover like I am currently expecting, high temperatures may only make it to the mid-to-upper 40s. Stay tuned though, we may tweak this forecast as we get closer. Confidence: Low
SNOW POTENTIAL INDEX
A daily assessment of the potential for at least ~1″ of snow in the next week, on a 0-10 scale.
1/10 (→): Coastal storm may brush us early next week. If so, likely not cold enough for snow.