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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 01/23/2008

Forecast: Weather Pattern Remains Active

By Dan Stillman

But no big storm on the horizon

It was around this time last week that Mother Nature flipped the switch on what had been a rather quiet winter. Since then, it seems like we've had a chance of wintry precipitation almost every other day. Yet, the "big one" has remained elusive. That trend will continue with another chance of wintry weather tomorrow -- but probably no big storm -- followed by a modest but welcome warmup arriving in time for the weekend.

TODAY

Sunny, low 40s. High pressure works its way in behind yesterday's cold front to give us a mostly sunny day with light winds (5-10 mph) and high temperatures in the low 40s -- right on the average for this time of year. Tonight, increasing clouds with lows in the mid 20s downtown, near 20 in the burbs.

TOMORROW

Precipitation chances uncertain, mid to upper 30s. At the very least, there is the potential for some flurries or snow showers as the next cold front passes through. One model shows a coastal system producing more widespread wintry precipitation for the middle and latter part of the day. As of now I'd put the odds of that happening at 30%. I think the more likely scenario (70% chance) is that the coastal storm will track too far offshore to have a major impact on the metro area. Skies should be at least partly cloudy with highs in the mid to upper 30s. Breezes will likely pick up from the northwest toward evening. Then, becoming mostly clear and windy overnight with lows in the teens and wind chills in the single digits.

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend. And check back later this morning for Capital Weather Gang's rankings of local TV weathercasters Bob Ryan, Sue Palka, Doug Hill and Topper Shutt.

FRIDAY

Sunny, mid 30s. Winds should die down by midday as the next area of high pressure moves in. Still, despite abundant sunshine, it will be quite chilly with highs probably only reaching the mid 30s at best. Overnight, increasing clouds with lows in the low to mid 20s in town, upper teens to near 20 in the burbs.

A LOOK AHEAD

Things are looking up -- in terms of temperature, that is -- for the weekend. Saturday should be partly to mostly cloudy with a slight chance of a rain or snow shower and highs in the low to mid 40s. Lows dip to the mid 20s to low 30s (suburbs to city) Saturday night as skies clear. Then partly to mostly sunny on Sunday with highs in the upper 40s to near 50.

A cold front could bring a chance of rain by Monday, and a developing area of low pressure approaching from the Midwest could threaten another chance or rain on Tuesday. Highs both days in the 40s to near 50.

Still don't see any major winter storms in the immediate future.

By Dan Stillman  | January 23, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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