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

7/10: Winds are down and temperatures are up. Probably need a little warmer for a higher score!

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly to mostly sunny. Highs: Mid-to-upper 40s.
Tonight: Partly to mostly clear. Lows: 30s.
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Highs: Upper 50s to low 60s.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Get ready for a several day preview of spring. It’s not quite here today, although we’re getting to the point where average temperatures are fairly tolerable. Given the expectation of lots of sun, there should be few complaints! The real deal arrives tomorrow and lasts into midweek. Just don’t get too used to the warmth yet, you’ll see the Snow Potential Index is back as you scroll.

Today (Saturday): Skies are sun-filled and temperatures are up from Friday. Considering that winds are lighter as well, it’s pretty decent all around. Highs make the mid-40s to near 50 as winds blow around 10 mph from the southwest. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Prime star viewing conditions are at hand, if you don’t mind a little lingering chill. It’s mostly clear through the night, and winds are pretty much non existent. Lows range from near 30 in the coldest suburbs to the mid-or-upper 30s in the city. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Sunday): Spring fever may be the phrase of the day as sunshine rules and temperatures head toward April-like levels. Highs are mainly in the upper 50s and lower 60s. In fact, most spots may crack 60! A warm south and southwest wind blows around 10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Mostly clear and quite tranquil conditions keep on coming. As a light south wind persists, milder air is still streaming in. Overnight lows are closer to typical highs this time of year, or about mid-40s to near 50. Confidence: Medium-High


Reading in the park. (Shamila Chaudhary via Flickr)

A LOOK AHEAD

Other than the obvious issue, Monday is another one to enjoy. A weak storm system passing through the Great Lakes will send a cold front this way, but it should wash out in the area. Partly sunny skies are the story, likely cloudiest — maybe a shower or two — early, then clearer late. There’s some extra warmth potential here (way into the 60s) if the front slows down, but for now I’ll play it cautiously and go for near 60 to low 60s most spots. Confidence: Medium

On Tuesday (some might call it super), a storm system is wrapping up over the central United States, and that should help keep the milder air over our region. Skies are partly to mostly sunny with highs heading toward the low-to-mid 60s. 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 (↑): By mid-to-late week, some things worth watching. Winter’s not quite over just yet.