Today’s daily digit

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

6/10: Very cold this morning and still cool this afternoon, but sunshine and less wind make it the winner of the weekend.

Express forecast

  • Today: Frigid start but mostly sunny with light winds. Highs: Near 40.
  • Tonight: Becoming mostly cloudy. Lows: Upper 20s to low 30s.
  • Tomorrow: Wintry mix early, changing to rain. Highs: Near 40.

Forecast in detail

We’ll start out in the depths of winter this morning but get a taste of spring by midweek. After frigid temperatures this morning, a mostly sunny afternoon with light winds is a marked improvement over yesterday. We could see a brief period of snow or sleet tomorrow morning before changing to rain, with temperatures rising into the 50s midweek — the first sign that winter’s days are numbered.

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Today (Sunday): For starting with the coldest air in over a year, it ends up not being half-bad today. Sunshine gets to work early, and after morning temperatures rise into and through the 20s to the low 30s, we’re headed for afternoon highs near 40. With light winds, it’s exponentially more enjoyable to be out than yesterday. Clouds may start to increase by late afternoon. Confidence: High.

Tonight: Skies turning mostly cloudy and light winds from the south mean we won’t get nearly as cold as last night. Lows settle in the upper 20s and low 30s. Confidence: High.

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Tomorrow (Monday): Another storm system arrives and could start as snow, perhaps mixed with sleet, after 8 or 9 a.m. Morning temperatures in the low to mid-30s could be cold enough for a coating on the roads and some slick spots, especially north and west of D.C. and Interstate 95. Precipitation should change to rain by afternoon, with afternoon highs reaching the upper 30s to low 40s, and exit by evening. Winds are occasionally breezy from the south. Confidence: Medium.

Tomorrow night: Skies may partially clear as we get into the evening and overnight. Otherwise it’s a quiet night with lows falling back to the low to mid-30s and a light breeze from the west. Confidence: Medium-High.

A look ahead

High pressure builds across the Southeast on Tuesday, giving a jump to our temperatures here in the D.C. area. After the chance of a morning flurry, afternoon highs near 50 feel downright spring-ish under partly sunny skies. The only detraction will be a pesky breeze from the west. Winds drop off Tuesday night with mostly clear skies and lows in the low to mid-30s. Confidence: Medium-High.

Temperatures peak on Wednesday with some of us possibly tempted to crack the windows for a bit of fresh afternoon air. The skies are sunny, the winds are light and highs climb to the mid- to upper 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

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.

3/10 (): A brief period of midmorning snow and/or sleet tomorrow could produce a light accumulation. Temperatures look like a struggle for significant snow, but a coating and some slick spots aren’t out of the question, especially north and west of D.C./I-95.