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Today (Wednesday): Skies becoming partly sunny help temperatures rebound somewhat today, rising through the 30s this morning with afternoon highs in the low to mid-40s. But a steady breeze around 10-15 mph from the northwest adds an extra chill. Confidence: Medium-High
Tonight: A breeze from the north around 10-15 mph continues to lock the cold air in place. That means lows dipping to the 20s under mostly cloudy skies, with perhaps a flurry or brief period of light snow south of the Beltway. Confidence: High
Tomorrow (Thursday): We’re between strong high pressure to the west and a strong low-pressure system off the coast. That puts us smack in the middle of strong winds between the systems, from the northwest at 15-25 mph, with gusts 30-40 mph. Early-morning clouds should give way to a mostly sunny day but with highs only in the mid- to upper 30s, and wind chills only in the upper teens and 20s. Confidence: Medium-High
Tomorrow night: Winds ease just a bit during the evening and overnight, but conditions remain rather breezy from the northwest. With mostly clear skies, temperatures drop like a rock, bottoming in the mid-teens to low 20s. Confidence: High
A look ahead
Friday continues much the same as Thursday, with mostly sunny skies, gusty winds and chilly highs only in the mid- to upper 30s. Saturday is mostly to partly sunny, with highs again in the mid- to upper 30s, but this time with light winds. Saturday-night lows fall back to the 20s with increasing clouds. Confidence: Medium-High
As you may have heard, we’re tracking a possible winter storm Sunday into Monday. This one has potential, but so do a lot of them four to five days out, so we’ll keep watching it. Confidence: Low
Snow potential index
A daily assessment of the potential for at least one inch of snow in the next week, on a 0-10 scale.
4/10 (↑): Models continue to show potential for a winter storm on the East Coast on Sunday into Monday, but not much confidence yet on how much snow that could mean for the D.C. area.