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

4/10: Big temperature difference likely across the area, but generally cloudy and damp for our most populous locales. Bummer.


Today: Mostly cloudy, scattered showers. Highs: Mainly 50s and 60s.
Tonight: Showers ending, becoming very windy. Lows: Mid-30s to low 40s.
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, strong winds. Highs: 40s.

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A showery front nearby today makes for an extremely difficult temperature forecast. What’s nearly certain, however, is that winds crank up late tonight and tomorrow, with damaging wind gusts possible. Looking ahead, any hope for a bit of midweek snow seems to be fading.

Today (Sunday): With a front nearly stalled overhead, an incredibly tight temperature gradient is likely to set up across the area. To the north in Frederick, Carroll and Howard counties, clouds, and frequent showers and drizzle probably will hold temperatures in the 40s to near 50. To the south, in Charles and southern Prince William counties, a few breaks in the clouds and fewer showers could help highs to the 60s to near 70. In between, things could go either way here in the immediate metro area. Our best guess is mostly cloudy skies, scattered showers, mid-40s to mid-50s during the morning hours, and afternoon highs possibly popping into the mid-50s to mid-60s depending on the highly uncertain exact location of the front. Shower chances are highest through the morning, decreasing a bit during the afternoon. Winds are light and variable in direction. Confidence: Low-Medium

Tonight: A High-wind warning is in effect starting at 11 p.m. tonight for most of our area as colder air rushes into our area. A few showers could linger into the evening with partially clearing skies overnight as lows bottom in the mid-30s to low 40s. The real story is the winds, though, as they increase during the evening, eventually ripping out of the northwest around 15 to 25 mph, with the potential for damaging gusts over 50 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Monday): Skies are mostly clear to start the work week, so the sun looks nice from the inside. But the whipping winds blow loose debris every which way. Constant winds from the northwest around 20 to 30 mph continue to gust near or past 50 mph, so don’t even bother doing your hair. Highs probably can’t get out of the 40s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Winds finally diminish somewhat overnight, but still occasionally gust around 20 to 30 mph. Skies remain mostly clear and our temperatures take a bit of a tumble, with most spots dipping below freezing. Expect lows in the mid-20s to low 30s. Confidence: Medium-High


By Tuesday, we’ve finally calmed down, with light winds and partly sunny skies. Highs should end up somewhere in the mid-40s to low 50s, depending on just how much sun we get. Not much changes Tuesday night, with partly cloudy skies and lows in the low-to-mid 30s. Confidence: Medium-High

Low pressure looks to pass to our north on Wednesday. It shouldn’t have much moisture to work with, but could give us some clouds and a passing rain or snow shower. Winds may become a bit breezy as highs reach the 40s to near 50. Confidence: Medium

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

1/10 (): As Lloyd Christmas said, “So you’re tellin’ me there’s a chance …” But like his chances, it’s a long shot for any Wed-Thurs snow.