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

4/10: Beware the Ides of March indeed, not as cold but excessive wind speed.

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly cloudy, isolated sprinkles, blustery. Highs: 50-54
Tonight: Breezy and dry. Lows: 26-34
Tomorrow: Partly sunny with continued gusty winds. Highs: 43-47

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FORECAST IN DETAIL

March is supposed to be a windy month, so I guess it is just living up to its billing. The winds finally die down over the weekend, and by Sunday temperatures inch up closer to normal. Chances for precipitation are slight, but a sprinkle or flurry today and some rain and snow showers Saturday are not out of the question. Winter still seems to be the season in command.

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Today (Thursday): Skies should start out mainly clear. As temperatures rise, clouds pop up in profusion by midday, and one or two may even produce a sprinkle or flurry (mainly in our colder areas). Highs in the low 50s are an improvement, but winds from the southwest gusting up to 30 mph are not. Confidence: High

Tonight: Clouds quickly clear away in the evening, but the blustery winds from the northwest keep going strong. The incoming surge of colder air pushes lows into the mid- to upper 20s, with low 30s limited to downtown. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Friday): Mostly sunny skies look welcoming, but those northwest winds gust to 30 mph or better. Highs are mainly limited to the mid-40s, with wind chills in the 30s so bundle up. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: Winds finally begin to die down overnight under starry skies. Lows range from mid-20s to low 30s. Confidence: High

A LOOK AHEAD

Clouds increase fairly quickly Saturday. That could keep most area highs limited to the upper 40s. Showers are expected to scatter across the area by afternoon and, if they come in early enough, could even take the form of snow. But perhaps the luck of the Irish will prevail and keep them short-lived. A lingering shower is possible in the evening, but skies do clear overnight. Lows range through the 30s. Confidence: Medium

A sunny and warmer Sunday finally makes for a good day to be out and enjoy the hardier daffodils that are blooming. Highs get up to the more seasonable mid-50s. Overnight is clear, with lows in the upper 20s to mid-30s. Confidence: Medium-High

Monday should see increasing clouds as a storm approaches from the Midwest, but most showers hold off until the overnight hours. Highs are favored to reach the low to mid-50s. 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.

2/10 (→): Can’t rule some snow showers Saturday morning. Showers are likely on Monday night/Tuesday but probably remain the liquid variety.