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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 03/ 2/2008

Forecast: A Touch of Spring

By Jason Samenow

In the span of a day, the character of our March has transitioned from the ferocity of a lion to the tameness of a lamb. Yesterday's powerful winds are history, replaced by abundant sunshine and warming temperatures. Enjoy mid 50s today and mid 60s tomorrow as meteorological spring, which officially began yesterday and ends May 31, asserts itself.

TODAY

Sunny. 52-56. Subfreezing temperatures will greet the early-risers, but temperatures will steadily warm all morning under cloudless skies and light winds. By noon, most areas will near 50 degrees. Temperatures will close-in on the low to mid 50s by mid to late afternoon. Clear skies overnight will allow temperatures to cool back down to around 30 in the colder suburbs to the mid 30s downtown.

Keep reading for the forecast for Monday and the rest of the work week...

MONDAY

Springlike splendor. Mid 60s. Light southerly flow and more sunshine will allow our warming trend to continue. Crisp 30s may demand gloves when you get up and head out in the morning, but by the lunch hour, you may not even need a jacket. Afternoon temperatures will reach the 60s across the region. Overnight, clouds increase ahead of a developing storm to the southwest. Temperatures will only drop to between 45 and 50.

A LOOK AHEAD

Rain will likely develop Tuesday afternoon as the powerful storm we've been talking about for days nears the region. Ahead of the storm, we'll have another day with very mild 60s. Overnight, the rain may be heavy at times, with the possibility of thunderstorms and gusty winds. After the storm passes, we'll start a cooling trend. Highs will be in the 50s Wednesday, near 50 Thursday and in the 40s on Friday. Conditions should be partly sunny and dry all three days.

By Jason Samenow  | March 2, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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