Clouds ruled the day, and there were even reports of mixed precipitation in the region. It didn’t amount to anything as highs rose well into the 40s to around 50. Days like this are a good reminder that the arrival of spring is typically slow and uneven. Slightly milder conditions are on the way for tomorrow.

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Through Tonight: An area of more widespread precipitation is mainly to our south and east, but it will continue to affect portions of Southern Maryland over the next few hours. Otherwise, a couple of showers are possible through later this evening. Clouds of the day diminish into the night. With winds becoming light and skies turning clear, it’s a good recipe for cooling. Lows range from the mid-20s in the coldest spots to near or just above freezing downtown. An isolated slick spot isn’t impossible, if moisture hangs around after precipitation is over.

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Tomorrow (Tuesday): Sunshine returns in a big way. This helps temperatures warm up more than today. Highs are mainly in the near 50 to mid-50s zone, and perhaps mostly on the warm end of that spectrum. Winds are light out of the north.

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A cardinal enjoying some March rays. (John Brighenti/Flickr)

Blossom watch: Warm temperatures last week got plants all jazzed up about what’s to come. On the Tidal Basin, it helped move the cherry trees into “Stage 2,” when florets become visible. It’s the second of six stages in the bloom. Although cooler readings have settled into the area, they won’t keep the bloom from progressing. Things appear to be on schedule for our forecast of peak bloom between April 1 and 5, centered on April 3.

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