A gray start to today looking across the Mall. (Erik Cox via Flickr)

Clouds were tough to kick today as we’ve got some cold and relatively moist air wedged up against the mountains. Breaks this afternoon are a sign that we’ll at least temporarily change this pattern. That said, a cold front is inbound by late tomorrow.

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Through tonight: Skies are still rather cloudy in most spots heading into the evening. A few larger areas of clearing have broken out in Virginia. There’s some question as to what happens to the clouds tonight. Models are somewhat clear, but usually it’s a difficult prospect at night, so I’m not too certain. Let’s call it rather cloudy and hope for clearer conditions. Lows range from near freezing to the upper 30s.

View the current weather conditions at The Washington Post.

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Another cold front is on the way, but it will stay to our west during the day. It should be enough to see increasing clouds by afternoon, although some extended periods of sun are also possible, especially in the morning. A risk of a few showers grows by sunset. I wouldn’t expect much rain, though. Highs head for the upper 40s and lower 50s.

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Extreme conditions: We’re still on the front edge of winter (because it’s not even technically winter yet), but some places are off to an extreme start. As you might expect in a La Niña cold season, the worst of it has been along the northern tier of the country thus far — places such as Fargo and Duluth, Minn., then back to the Pacific Northwest. Weather.com has more.

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