* Pedestrians and motorists: Use extreme caution early today due to icy untreated surfaces *
TODAY’S DAILY DIGIT
A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.
2/10: Cold and windy weather without snow is pointless. Fed up.
Today: Sunny, blustery. Highs: 30-35.
Tonight: Clear early, increasing clouds late. Lows: 18-25.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Highs: 40-45.
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FORECAST IN DETAIL
Temperatures bounce around a bit this week but generally average out close to normal for early February. We should more or less evenly divide days with highs in the 30s, 40s, and 50s, and today’s highs of 30-35 being the coldest of the week. The two storm systems coming through Wednesday and Saturday night are mostly rainmakers, but Wednesday’s event could start off briefly as mixed precipitation.
Today (Monday): Watch out for a few slick spots early this morning from any refreezing of wet surfaces, especially in our colder areas. The big story today is the cold and wind. Highs range from only 30 to 35, and it feels like the 20s factoring in the wind, gusting up to 20 to 30 mph from the northwest. Confidence: High
Tonight: Clear skies early help temperatures fall off quickly back into the 20s. But clouds sneaking in late slow their descent and lows level off in the mid-20s downtown and upper teens to near 20 in our colder spots. Confidence: Medium-High
Tomorrow (Tuesday): We start off well below freezing, but light winds from the south help temperatures eclipse 40 in most spots in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy skies hold the increase in temperatures somewhat in check with highs a little warmer than 45, even in our warmer spots. Confidence: Medium-High
Tomorrow night: Cloudy skies with light mixed precipitation possibly overspreading the region toward morning. Our colder areas north and west of the Beltway have the best chance to see a period of mixed snow, sleet, and freezing rain toward dawn. Lows range from 30-35. Confidence: Medium-High
A LOOK AHEAD
A brief wintry mix is possible early Wednesday, mainly north and west of the Beltway, before precipitation turns over to all rain by midmorning. Light winds from the south push highs into the 40s in most places; locations south and east of the District could near 50. Rain ends and temperatures steadily fall Wednesday night, with lows near 30. Confidence: Medium
Thursday and Friday should both be partly sunny, dry and seasonably cold. Highs Thursday are in the upper 30s, moderating to the low to mid-40s on Friday. Overnight temperatures fall into the 20s. Confidence: Medium-High
Saturday probably is dry at least through the afternoon, but clouds increase and some rain showers are possible late in the day. Temperatures are mild with highs up near 50. Rain showers are likely Saturday night, possibly continuing into the first half of Sunday. Sunday afternoon may dry out, with mild temperatures around 50 or so. 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 a very small chance of a brief period of snow early Wednesday.