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D.C. area forecast: Warming up this weekend and into next week

TODAY’S DAILY DIGIT
A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

7/10: Milder and not too windy. Way better than last Saturday!

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly to partly sunny. Highs: 42-48.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows: 28-35.
Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. Highs: 49-56.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

We’ll take a bite out of the remaining snow cover this weekend, and there’s a good chance it’ll be largely gone, except for those huge piles, by the middle of next week. Some spots like downtown may snag five days in a row of 50 or greater in this stretch ahead, and there are even some 60+ readings lurking. Spring isn’t too far around the corner at this point, but more cold air is ahead after this warmth, so take it in!

Today (Saturday): It should be a beautiful one on the whole. Under mostly sunny skies, temperatures rebound into the 40s rather quickly. Winds are light and switching around to the south. It’s not crazy warm just yet, but probably a little warmer than normal most spots, with highs in the 42-48 zone in general. If there wasn’t a lot of snow left, 50 would seem likely. Clouds may noticeably increase late day. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Clouds could thicken up for a while, but we probably average partly cloudy through the night. With that south wind pumping milder air into the area, plus cloud cover acting as a bit of a blanket, some spots could stay above freezing for the night. Outer suburbs have the best shot to the upper 20s or around 30, while the city stays in the mid-30s. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Sunday): It starts getting legitimately warm on Sunday. After the past two weeks it’ll feel almost like a beach vacation! Partly cloudy skies continue, as does a wind from the south around 5-10 mph. Highs are in the 50s much of the area, ranging from near 50 to the mid-50s.. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Plentiful melting persists through the night as a slightly more “humid” (really, less dry) air mass takes over. We might not see temperatures fall below 40 anywhere in the area! Lows are mainly in the 40-47 range. Skies are partly cloudy. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

It’s a toasty start to February on Monday. Toasty for February, at least. The main question about how warm it gets might be the approach of a weak cold front. That’ll increase clouds and even bring a chance of showers turning to light rain by afternoon. Days ahead of the front usually perform on the warm side though, so highs near 60 seem a good bet. Confidence: Medium

Overnight showers clear out of the area by early Tuesday, and behind the front we end up a little cooler once again. Mostly sunny skies rule, as highs rise to the upper 40s and low 50s. Yeah, it’s cooler, but still warmer than normal. See ya, snow cover! Confidence: Medium

SNOW POTENTIAL INDEX
A daily assessment of the potential for at least 1 inch of snow in the next week, on a 0-10 scale.

1/10 (→): We’re out of the game much of the coming week. Could be something to watch for around next Friday or so.

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