Winter sky, Fairfax Station, Feb. 10, 2016. (Bruce Sorrell via Flickr)
Winter sky, Fairfax Station, Feb. 10, 2016. (Bruce Sorrell via Flickr)

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

3/10: Today’s cold is bold, and while the chill gives me no thrill, a weekend that’s frigid makes me certifiably livid.

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mainly sunny and windy. Highs: 26-32
Tonight: Clear skies, breezes diminish. Lows: 13-19
Tomorrow: Clouds increase midday, winds light. Highs: 29-35

FORECAST IN DETAIL

The only good thing to say about today is that it won’t be as cold as the upcoming weekend. The weekend boasts an extra day-off, although it kind of makes you wish the Presidents had been born in…August?! Despite all the upcoming cold, it is still not certain whether the potential storm late Monday-Tuesday will be more snow, ice, or rain, but you can rest assured we will be looking at all the angles.

The D.C. area is expected to see temperatures in the single digits this weekend. Capital Weather Gang's Angela Fritz has your forecast and temperature predictions. (Angela Fritz,Ashleigh Joplin/The Washington Post)

Today (Thursday): The sunshine looks inviting until you step outside. Strong westerly winds gusting to 25 mph and highs only in the mid-20s to lower 30s produce wind chills in the teens. A few clouds are possible at times but mainly clear skies prevail. Confidence: High

Tonight: Clear skies persist through the night. Winds slowly decline which diminishes the wind chill but provides little consolation as lows still fall to the teens across the area. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Friday): Light winds are welcome as highs only manage to climb to the upper 20s to mid-30s. A storm forming down off the Carolina coast throws clouds our direction by midday. While a late afternoon snow shower can’t be ruled out, the bulk of the precipitation stays far to our south. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Clouds linger through the evening and snow showers remain possible. Skies should slowly clear late night and, as they do, winds build. This is courtesy of that storm which is well offshore but rapidly strengthening. Winds should increase to 10-20 mph from the northwest by dawn. Overnight lows fall in the mid-teens to lower 20s with wind chills in the single digits. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Saturday feels the full force of the Arctic surge into the area behind the storm now moving up to the Canadian Maritimes.  Temperatures struggle to rise at all. Winds gust to 35 mph or so at times and wind chills hold in the single digits. Sunshine comes in fits as clouds easily pop up in this cold and a few snow showers mainly to the north and west of the city are again possible. Highs are no better than low-to-mid 20s. Winds only diminish somewhat overnight as temperatures drop into the single digits in most locations, producing wind chills as low as 10 below. It is just bitter cold. Confidence: Medium-High

Brrr! Valentine’s Day (Sunday) dawns frigidly. Sparks can be guaranteed…of static electricity! This air is dry. At least sunshine dominates the frozen landscape. Highs are confined to the low-to-mid 20s. Another cold, clear night lies ahead with lows in the teens.  Confidence: Medium-High

President’s Day (Monday) sees highs range from the upper 20s to lower 30s. Clouds increase at a fairly quick pace as a storm in the Mississippi Valley approaches with a chance of light snow, especially into the afternoon. But the best chance of accumulating snow and/or ice holds off until the evening. Confidence: Low-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.

3/10 (↑): Snow showers are possible at times Friday and Saturday but the next chance for real accumulation starts Monday.