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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 04/ 8/2008

Forecast: Cool Weather Fading

By Matt Ross

Variability remains the theme for the week. Patterns do not usually lock in during early April, so our current spat of cool, gloomy weather is nothing to be concerned about. Consider we have a couple chances to hit 70 later this week for the first time since April 1st, before a potentially powerful cold front hits us over the weekend.

TODAY

Cloudy, cool. Mid to upper 50s. This pesky marine layer will still be in play today, though it will show some signs of erosion later today and tonight. Look for scattered early morning fog and drizzle. Overcast skies are likely into the afternoon, but a little sun can't be ruled out. Temperatures will be in the mid to upper 50s.

Overnight, skies will be partly to mostly cloudy with the moist easterly flow losing much of its punch. Lows will drop to the low to mid 40s.

TOMORROW

Partly sunny, seasonable. Mid 60s. Some morning cloudiness should give way to some true spring sunshine. A more southerly flow will allow temperatures to climb into the mid 60s.

Overnight, we will have some clouds associated with a weak frontal system. A scattered shower is possible (20%), especially well to our north. Lows will be in the upper 40s to low 50s.

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend ...

A LOOK AHEAD

Thursday is a tricky forecast with a front stalled just north of the D.C. area. Best bet is a mix of sun and clouds with a high near 70, though the placement of the front and cooler air to the north of it bears watching. Confidence: low-medium

A powerful storm system will be moving through the plains and midwest on Friday. Ahead of this system we should have a nice southerly flow allowing highs to climb well into the 70s under partial sunshine.Confidence: medium

The strong storm to our west will eventually make it here by way of a strong cold front sometime on Saturday, perhaps as early as overnight Friday. So look for mostly cloudy skies on Saturday with highs near 70, but temperatures falling late in the day and overnight after the front passes and winds shift to the northwest. Showers (50%) associated with the front are a good bet. Confidence: low-medium

Sunday is likely to be dry, but much cooler as a more wintry type air mass attempts to overtake D.C. metro. Look for breezy conditions with highs in the mid to upper 50s. Confidence: medium

By Matt Ross  | April 8, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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