Washington, Dec. 6. (chasingmailboxes/Flickr)

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

5/10: Cold is here for a while, when only snowflakes would bring a smile.

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Diminishing clouds, breezy. Highs: 43-48
Tonight: Increasing clouds, calming winds. Lows: 28-34
Tomorrow: Cloudy, late-day snowflakes possible. Highs: 40-44

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FORECAST IN DETAIL

Cold air continues to settle into the area through the weekend with a downright wintry feel Sunday. That’s when temperatures struggle to get out of the 30s and winds intensify the chill factor. As for snow, there’s just the slightest chance Friday night into Saturday morning as moisture surges up the coast but struggles to extend inland. Good news for shoppers and partygoers, at least!

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Today (Thursday): Clouds are an on-and-off affair today as moisture surging up the East Coast battles with dry air continuing to come down from Canada. Highs are mainly in the mid-40s but, with breezes picking up from the west, should feel even colder. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Tonight marks the earliest sunset of the year for the area. Temperatures waste no time dropping into the 30s in the evening. Increasing clouds help to slow the drop overnight, with lows holding in the upper 20s to lower 30s in most spots. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Friday): Clouds dominate through the day and thicken in the afternoon. The atmosphere is cold enough to support snow, and if the moisture coming up the coast creeps far enough to the west (20 percent chance), a few conversational flakes could flutter into the area later in the afternoon. Highs do no better than lower 40s with light west winds. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: There’s just a small chance of light snow through the night as the responsible weather system probably stays too far out to sea. Better chances for seeing some flakes exist the farther east of the city you go, including the beaches. Winds are nearly calm, with lows in the upper 20s to low 30s. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Saturday has a very slight chance to start off with some light snow but is more likely a dry day for most of us. Highs should not do better than the lower 40s, and lows overnight drop into the 20s as winds pick up and perhaps a brief flurry passes by. Confidence: Medium

Sunshine should be more plentiful Sunday, but that is of little consequence as even colder air surges into the area. Gusty northwest winds make highs mainly in the upper 30s feel even colder. Overnight lows range through the 20s, with even a few upper teens if winds drop off fast enough. Confidence: Medium-High

Monday starts off mainly sunny, but clouds are likely to increase by afternoon, with highs in the low to mid-40s. 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 (→): A very light snow band remains just a remote possibility near and east of the city Friday night as moisture is in short supply.