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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 04/14/2008

Forecast: Cool Today, But All Set to Warm

By Jason Samenow

We hang on to late winter or early spring chilliness for 48 more hours before the weather pattern flips and mild air makes a strong push into the area. By Thursday and Friday high temperatures will warm as much as 25 degrees relative to today. Rain chances are low to non-existent until late Saturday.


Partly to mostly cloudy and cold. 52-56. We feel the heart of the current cool snap today, with temperatures 10 degrees colder than average. Partly cloudy skies in the morning will become mostly cloudy in the afternoon. Despite the increase in cloud cover, we should stay dry with most shower activity to our south.

Gradual clearing will occur overnight but it will be quite cold. Normally colder suburbs should experience a freeze, with upper 30s in urban areas inside the beltway.


Mostly sunny. Near 60. After a frosty start in many locations, temperatures will warm steadily. High temperatures may nearly double from their morning lows. While it will be noticeably milder compared to today, it will remain cool in the shade and you'll still want a jacket for a better part of the day.

Tuesday night will be clear and cool with lows from near freezing in the colder suburbs to near 40 downtown.

Keep reading for the forecast for the rest of the week.

Flowers blossoming in Glover Park Saturday. By Capital Weather Gang photographer Ian Livingston.


After a chilly start, beautiful, mild weather asserts itself Wednesday, with sunshine and temperatures rising into the mid to upper 60s. Confidence: Medium-high

Thursday and Friday are likely to bring gorgeous spring weather with warm highs in the mid 70s Thursday to near 80 on Friday. Confidence: Medium-high

More warm weather seems to be in store for Saturday, with highs in the 70s. However, clouds may increase in the afternoon and showers can not be ruled out. Confidence: Medium

Sunday may be showery as a weak upper level low pressure area spins through the area, with highs near 70. Confidence: Low-medium

By Jason Samenow  | April 14, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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By kids slept late because they anticipated a sleet day. Imagine their surprise when they looked out the window this morning.

Posted by: No sleet | April 14, 2008 8:03 AM | Report abuse

No sleet -- All kidding aside, if there had been some sleet yesterday and the NWS or us or whoever hadn't mentioned the possibility, there would have been numerous comments asking why sleet wasn't in the forecast. And as mentioned in the comments section of the previous post, we did have sleet with surface temps in the 50s just less than 2 weeks ago.

Posted by: Dan, Capital Weather Gang | April 14, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Mostly good weather during the week, even tomorrow night, a dance night.

Sunday could be interesting if that upper-air low is one of the cold-core lows that are common around here during the spring season. With surface tempertures near seventy and freezing air a few thousand feet up, we might have our best shot to date at thunderstorms and possible hail, especially during the afternoon.

Posted by: El Bombo | April 14, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Frosty start as in the possibility of frost on Tuesday?

Posted by: J in Germantown | April 14, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

J: Yes, frost is possible Tuesday morning, especially out where you are (Germantown)

Posted by: Jason, Capital Weather Gang | April 14, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

All kidding aside on my part but that was a bizarre forecast. The sleet that you talked about two weeks ago happened when the temperature was 40 (at my house).

Posted by: No sleet | April 14, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

No sleet- Enough is enough. The National Weather Service had it in the forecast, some of the TV stations did, and we simply said it was a possibility "especially north and west" and we said there would be no accumulation. It did sleet when high temperatures reached over 50 just a couple weeks before. What can happen is clouds move in, temperatures begin dropping. Then rain begins, and you get additional evaporational and dynamic cooling, and it's sufficiently cold for sleet to fall.

Posted by: Jason, Capital Weather Gang | April 14, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

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