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

5/10: With a TGIF bonus, we can rally and stay warm in these wind chills, right? Maybe some snow showers, too.

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly sunny, windy. Snow showers? Highs: Low-to-mid 40s.
Tonight: Slowly clearing and calming. Lows: Near 20 to upper 20s!
Tomorrow: Sunny, quite breezy. Highs: Near 40 to mid-40s.
Sunday: Mainly sunny. Highs: Mid-40s to around 50.

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FORECAST IN DETAIL

Dress warmly in the coming days! It’s winterlike, with chilling wind gusts. A rarity of late! Even some snow showers are possible this morning. We have gotten used to spring warmth, so it may be a shock…

Today (Friday): Skies are a bit cloudy at times. Periodic snow showers are possible this morning, and maybe again later in the day. We are calling it “conversational” for now, but a spot or two could see a quick dusting on the grass, especially north and west of the city. Winds whip back up, out of the northwest, from about 15 mph toward 25-mph gusts during the afternoon. Perhaps even above 30 mph at times. Our chance of precipitation (snowflakes early, but possibly turning to rain) is around 30 to 40 percent, meaning many spots probably stay dry. High temperatures stay wintry, mainly reaching the low-to-mid-40s. Bundle up to stay warm from the wind chill! Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Some early evening clouds may hang around to play with the wind gusts, but then skies should clear and winds should slowly die down to around 10 mph. Clearer and calmer conditions are conducive to atmospheric cooling, which may help us get cold. Much of the area bottoms out in the near 20 to mid-20s zone, and perhaps a touch warmer downtown. Impressive, right? Our bodies aren’t used to it, so use all the layers if you’re out late. Protect any plants that you can’t move inside, too. Confidence: Medium-high

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Tomorrow (Saturday): Yay sun, boo cold? It looks pleasant when glancing from inside your windows to the outside world. That said, sunshine may not be able to boost temperatures beyond the upper 30s to low 40s. Northwest winds could be gusting again above 20 mph at times. Brrr. Confidence: Medium-high

Tomorrow night: Skies should stay clear, so look up for some decent stargazing! But bundle up since clear skies and somewhat calm conditions should allow us to get as cold (or colder) as the night before. Some upper teens are possible well outside the Beltway, but most of us shouldn’t cool below the mid-20s or so. Confidence: Medium


Wind and unsettled skies. (Beau Finley via Flickr )

A LOOK AHEAD

Sunday: This one looks mostly clear until perhaps late afternoon. But even then it may just be some high clouds. High temperatures in the mid-40s appear likely, but we very well could get warmer (stay tuned). There’s at least an outside shot of high temperatures near 50, especially south of town. Confidence: Medium

Sunday night: Clouds are on the increase, but precipitation chances remain negligible. Also, it’s slightly more comfortable, with less-wintry low temperatures. I’m talking mid-30s in the suburbs and low 40s downtown. Confidence: Medium

The 60s seem like a good bet for high temperatures on Monday and Tuesday. Monday’s sunnier skies should yield high temperatures around 60. We may head up into the mid-60s for Tuesday — but Tuesday’s warmth could have some showers around as well. Stay tuned for slight forecast tweaks as we get closer. 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.

1/10 (→): Only the slightest chance any Friday snow showers lead to even a dusting. Snow lovers: try to enjoy!