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10:30 a.m. update — Wind advisory issued north of the District from 2 p.m. to midnight

Behind the front passing through, winds will begin to howl this afternoon and a wind advisory has been posted for Montgomery and Loudoun counties and places to the north. Gusts could reach 40 to 50 mph in this zone, and 30 to 40 mph elsewhere.

The passage of the front will put an end to the rain which has totaled 1 to 1.5 inches since Friday:

Today’s daily digit

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

4/10: From rain to wind to cold, today’s a weather smorgasbord, but nothing particularly tasty.

Express forecast

  • Today: Rain ends this morning, then cloudy and becoming windy. Highs: Near 55.
  • Tonight: Clearing, windy and cold. Lows: 25 to 30.
  • Tomorrow: Sunny but blustery. Highs: 38 to 43.

Forecast in detail

After rain ends this morning, March settles in with its trademark blustery winds. By tonight it’s downright cold and, for much of the rest of the week, temperatures are below normal. But we’ll have plenty of sunshine and probably little precipitation to worry about.

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Today (Monday): Early morning rain gives way to dry weather this afternoon but clouds only slowly depart. We briefly see temperatures rise into the mid-50s between late morning and early afternoon before they fall back into the 40s. It turns windy with gusts out of the northwest up to 30 to 35 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Skies become mostly clear but it’s blustery and cold. Lows sink to 25 to 30 but feel like the teens with winds from the northwest. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Tuesday): The second day of March feels more like January or February as highs struggle to get much past 40 degrees despite sunshine. Dress for the 30s as winds from the northwest gust over 20 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Skies are partly cloudy and it’s not quite as cold. Lows range from the upper 20s in our colder spots to the low to mid-30s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

A look ahead

Wednesday may be the week’s nicest day, with partly to mostly sunny skies, lighter winds, and highs around 55. Mostly clear skies at night with lows in the 30s. Confidence: Medium-High

A cold front passes by Thursday but temperatures should still manage to reach 50 degrees amid partly sunny skies before it turns colder at night, with lows falling in the mid-20s to near 30. Confidence: Medium

Friday through Sunday presents a trio of cooler than normal days, but temperatures do slowly moderate. On Friday, highs are only in the low to mid-40s, with mid- to upper 40s Saturday, and upper 40s by Sunday. The good news is that all three days should stay dry with partly to mostly sunny skies. Nights are mostly clear, ranging from 25 to 30 in our colder spots and closer to freezing downtown. Confidence: Medium