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

6/10: A ho-hum mid-winter day with considerable clouds and cool 40s.

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly to mostly cloudy. Highs: Low-to-mid 40s.
Tonight: Clearing skies. Lows: 20s to near 30.
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, cool breeze. Highs: Upper 30s to low 40s.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Seems like it’s been quite some time since we’ve had an extended stretch of quiet weather. However that’s just what the influence of high pressure brings us today through the weekend. We’ll also see a welcome weekend warm-up, but for now a considerable chill remains. Next chance of anything wintry could come about a week from now.

Today (Wednesday): Some glimpses of sun are possible today amid partly to mostly cloudy skies. Morning temperatures in the 30s aren’t especially cold. But the clouds, and a 10 mph breeze from the northwest, likely limit afternoon highs to the low-to-mid 40s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Evening temperatures fall back into the 30s with most spots in the 20s for overnight lows. As low as the low 20s in the outer north and west suburbs, to the upper 20s to near 30 downtown. Skies should clear overnight with a lingering light breeze from the northwest. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Thursday): Building high pressure brings plenty of sun, but also a continued cool breeze from the northwest at 10-15 mph. Temperatures remain below average with highs only reaching the upper 30s to low 40s. Confidence: Medium-High


The World War I Memorial in the snow on Monday. (Angela Pan via Flickr)

Tomorrow night: Mostly clear evening skies may turn partly cloudy overnight. Meanwhile, with high pressure centered over the area, winds become light or calm. The chill remains with lows dipping back into the 20s area-wide. Confidence: High

A LOOK AHEAD

Friday through Sunday, as high pressure drifts to the east and offshore, we get into an increasingly milder flow from the south and southwest under partly sunny skies. Friday highs are probably still stuck in the mid-40s, with Friday night lows in the less chilly mid-30s to near 40. Saturday and Sunday highs should then climb to the mid-50s to low 60s, with Saturday night lows in the upper 30s to low 40s. An isolated shower is possible Friday night and then again Sunday night. 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.

2/10 (): Next hint of any wintry potential around a week from now.