A young doe looking for lunch on Saturday. (By the Bay Photos/Flickr)

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

5/10: Warmest day of week, but clouds and wind are not our friend

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly cloudy, shower chance, breezy p.m. Highs: 48-53.
Tonight: Cold and windy. Lows: 13-23.
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, cold. Highs: 34-37.

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FORECAST IN DETAIL

Warmer weather briefly visits today ahead of another polar cold front. Tonight offers the coldest conditions so far this season, and gusty winds amplify the chill. Sunshine returns tomorrow, but afternoon highs will still be cold. Additional weather systems swing through Thursday and Friday, delivering some light snow chances.

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Today (Tuesday): A big cold front swings through midday with a chance for a shower; otherwise, expect mostly cloudy skies, and highs in the upper 40s to low 50s. Light winds from the south in the morning pick up to come out of the west at 15 to 20 mph with higher gusts in the afternoon to make conditions start to feel colder, especially toward late afternoon and evening. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: This is a chiller. Temperatures are expected to drop sharply as skies clear out and winds from the west and northwest at 10 to 20 mph with higher gusts offer a biting wind chill. Lows by morning aim for their coldest readings of the season so far with low 10s in the outer suburbs to low 20s right in the city. This air mass is very dry, too, with dew points dropping into the single digits. Confidence: Medium-high

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Tomorrow (Wednesday): Partly to mostly sunny skies with still breezy conditions make the highs in the lower to middle 30s feel frequently like the 20s instead for this coldest day of the week. Winds from the northwest at 10 to 20 mph with higher gusts at times add to the cold weather misery index.  Confidence: Medium-high

Tomorrow night: Becoming cloudy with a slight chance of light snow toward dawn. Lows from around 20 to 30. Winds become light from the west, closer to 5 to 10 mph. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Thursday features scattered light snow or snow showers in the morning under cloudy skies. Afternoon skies turn partly cloudy as temperatures move to the upper 30s to low 40s for highs. Thursday night looks partly to mostly cloudy still with lows in the 20s to about 30 right in the city. Confidence: Low-medium

Friday contends with a possible coastal low pressure that could throw some snow back our way. For now, we expect mostly cloudy skies, highs in the lower to middle 30s, and some light snow chances by afternoon into the evening hours. Friday night stays cloudy and breezy with cold lows in the 20s.  Confidence: Low-medium

The weekend sees a few weak weather systems passing to our north for some varied cloud cover at times. It’s best to go partly to mostly sunny both days with highs in the upper 30s to low 40s Saturday and then lower to middle 40s Sunday. Lows Saturday night under partly cloudy skies should range in the 20s to low 30s.  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.

2/10 (↑): Light snow chances Thursday morning and again later Friday with two different weather systems.