A woman carrying an umbrella in the rain crosses the intersection of 14th and K streets NW in Washington on Wednesday. (Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post)

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

9/10: Too long extended, could winter finally be ended? (No.) The warmth is a treat and makes coats obsolete.

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Possible morning shower, then partly sunny. Highs: 72-76
Tonight: Cloudy and breezy with isolated showers. Lows: 55-61
Tomorrow: Showers likely early, still breezy. Highs: 63-67

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FORECAST IN DETAIL

At long last we get a taste of what we’ve been missing for so long: spring. While most of the area passes the 70-degree mark today, the warmth steadily fades through the weekend. By Easter Sunday we are back in the 50s.  Below-normal temperatures persist into next week with, dare I mention, a slight chance for a few flakes early Monday?

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Today (Thursday): A shower is possible this morning but should quickly scoot away. Clouds follow suit, breaking up by midday, leading to a partly sunny and warm afternoon. Unless the clouds prove stubborn, highs should peak in the low-to-mid 70s. Winds are light from the south making for a great day to get out and enjoy the weather. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Skies cloud back up in the evening and gusty winds come in from the southwest. Showers should not return until very late. Unseasonably mild temperatures hold through the night with lows only in the mid-50s to lower 60s. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Friday): Showers could be briefly heavy in the morning but quickly taper off in the afternoon. Brisk winds shift from the southwest to out of the northwest signaling the gradual return of cooler air. Highs still peak in the mid-60s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: A stray shower is possible but not likely in the evening as much cooler, drier air barrels in on blustery winds from the northwest. Skies clear and winds calm late night. Lows fall to mid-30s to lower 40s. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Saturday is not bad with partly sunny skies and highs mainly in the upper 50s to lower 60s. However, after the sun sets readings drop off quickly with lows in the upper 30s to lower 40s. Confidence: High

Sunrise is likely to be a mostly cloudy one Easter Sunday but at least any showers should be light and scattered throughout the day. Highs are mainly in the low- to mid-50s. Clouds continue through the night with lows ranging through the 30s. Confidence: Medium

Monday should see showers arrive in the predawn hours. The atmosphere is borderline cold enough that wet snow could mix in, especially north and west of the Beltway. Precipitation ends by midday and afternoon highs languish in the 40s. Confidence: Low

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 cooling trend raises the slight risk of a some light wet snow early Monday.