The Capitol on Monday. (Jarrett Hendrix/Flickr)

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

5/10: Showers disrupt our final warm day before winter has its way

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly cloudy, afternoon to evening rain. Highs: 60-66.
Tonight: Showers and relatively warm. Lows: 40-46.
Tomorrow: Partly sunny, colder.  Afternoon highs: 45-49.

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FORECAST IN DETAIL

This is it — our final day to experience 60-degree weather in Washington before a winter pattern takes hold for at least the next two weeks. Clouds and showers reduce the enjoyment factor (we need the rain). Tonight remains warmer until temperatures start dropping toward dawn and then right on through the day tomorrow. Colder than normal weather prevails Thursday through Sunday with some chances for light snow Friday evening/night and then some snow shower chances this weekend — all to get everyone into a holiday atmosphere.

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Today (Tuesday): Pockets of drizzle or mist under mostly cloudy skies should dry out middle to late morning.  And we should then stay dry into the early half of the afternoon under mostly cloudy skies as highs warm into the lower to middle 60s.  Look for rain to expand from west to east reaching the western suburbs by 2-3 pm and reaching the eastern suburbs by 4-5pm.  Winds blow from the south at 5 to 10 mph.  About a tenth of an inch is expected, but some locally higher amounts are feasible.  Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Rain showers continue ahead and even behind the overnight cold front — some could be moderate to briefly heavy.  Rainfall totals range from a tenth to a quarter inch.  Temperatures stay warm into the early morning hours with upper 40s to low 50s likely setting the high temperatures for Wednesday before falling to lows by dawn around 40 to the middle 40s right in the city.  Winds are light and from the south up to around midnight but shift in the early morning hours to come from the colder northwest at 10-15 mph with gusts to 20.   Confidence: Medium

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Tomorrow (Wednesday): Breezy with some early morning showers possible and generally colder under partly sunny skies with temperatures holding in the 40s through the day, dropping into the 30s by early evening.  West winds from 5-10 mph with some higher gusts possible at times.  Confidence: Medium-high

Tomorrow night: Partly cloudy to mostly clear with low temperatures in the upper 20s in the outer suburbs to low-middle 30s in the city area with light winds. Confidence: Medium-high

A LOOK AHEAD

Thursday aims for mostly sunny skies with near to slightly below normal temperatures in the middle to upper 40s.  Mostly clear Thursday night with lows dropping down into the middle 20s in the outer suburbs to right around freezing in the city.  Confidence: Medium-high

Friday finds sunny skies in the morning becoming partly cloudy to cloudy in the afternoon as highs hold in the middle 40s.  A slight chance of a rain/snow shower sets up toward evening.  Light rain/snow showers Friday evening become scattered light snow showers overnight with no accumulation expected (best chance for any surprise coating is east and south of city later at night when temperatures go colder).  Lows range from the 20s to low 30s.   Confidence: Low-medium

The weekend is a cold-sided one with mixed skies (partly cloudy frequently), scattered light snow/rain shower chances, and cold nights.  Highs Saturday should be in the 40s but Sunday could only see upper 30s to around 40.  Lows Saturday night run in the middle 20s to low around 30.   Confidence: Low-medium

Another disturbance moves by the area next Tuesday-Wednesday with another chance of light snow as we hold inside this cold paradigm pattern.

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 (→): Still low chances, but activity Friday night, at times this weekend, and maybe toward Tuesday of next week are worth watching.