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D.C.-area forecast: Mild and mainly sunny through Saturday; colder with a snow chance Saturday night and Sunday

Blue skies at the Washington Monument on Saturday. (angela n./Flickr)
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Today’s daily digit

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

8/10: Hello to the 50s! Morning chill gives way to mild afternoon with plenty of sun.

Express forecast

  • Today: Mostly sunny, mild afternoon. Highs: Mid-50s.
  • Tonight: Partly cloudy, not as cold. Lows: 30s.
  • Tomorrow: Partly to mostly sunny, somewhat breezy. Highs: Mid- to upper 50s.

Forecast in detail

It’s not the end of winter, but at least we get a nice break the next few days from the consistent cold. We’re looking at mainly sunny skies with highs in the 50s to near 60 today through Saturday. A cold front the arrives late Saturday, not only putting an end to the mild streak, but potentially bringing a chance of snow Saturday night into Sunday.

Today (Wednesday): We’ve been waiting for a day like this for a while. Still a bit of a chill as morning temperatures start in the mid-20s to near 30. But with mostly sunny skies and a light wind from the south, morning readings quickly rise through the 30s, and we should see afternoon highs reach the mild mid-50s. Confidence: High

Tonight: Skies turn partly cloudy for this evening and overnight. The wind continues light from the south with lows ranging through the 30s, so not as cold as recent nights. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Thursday): We trend even a touch warmer as temperatures head toward afternoon highs in the mid- to upper 50s under partly to mostly sunny skies. Winds are somewhat breezy at times, from the west around 10-15 mph, with occasional gusts near 25 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: The breeze dies down during the evening with mostly clear skies through the overnight. The lack of clouds allows temperatures to dip a bit lower again, with lows in the upper 20s to mid-30s. Confidence: High

A look ahead

The warmth continues Friday and Saturday with highs in the upper 50s to near 60. Mostly sunny skies on Friday turn partly cloudy on Saturday as a cold front approaches. Colder air moves in quickly Saturday evening as a gusty breeze from the northwest develops. Confidence: Medium-High

Some models show the chance of snow Saturday night as temperatures fall through the 30s and potentially into the 20s, with a continued chance of snow on Sunday and much colder highs only in the 30s to near 40. Doesn’t look like a big storm at this point, but some accumulation is possible. 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.

2/10 (): Some models showing the chance of a little snow action Saturday night into Sunday.