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Posted at 9:10 AM ET, 10/29/2008

Forecast: Warmup Awaits After Windy Wednesday

By Dan Stillman

What's in store for Halloween night?

If the windy chill of the past two days has you worried that winter has gripped the Washington area for good, well, chill out. After a wind-chilled Wednesday, winds will diminish and temperatures will warm somewhat, making for a tolerable Halloween night and a pretty decent turn-the-clocks-back weekend.

TODAY (WEDNESDAY)

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Partly sunny. Windy. Rain/snow shower? Upper 40s to near 50. They won't be as strong as yesterday, but those winds will still be a blowin' -- sustained at 15-20 mph from the west, gusting to around 30 mph -- should you venture out for a morning coffee or midday lunch. The wind will make highs in the upper 40s to near 50 feel more like the low 40s, even with partly sunny skies. Oh, and someone might see a passing light rain or snow shower.

Tonight, becoming mostly clear and less windy (but still about a 10 mph breeze) with chilly lows -- near 30 in the suburbs to the mid-to-upper 30s downtown. Another full night of work for the heater.

Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through Halloween and the weekend. See UnitedCast for the outlook for tonight's game at RFK, the last United game of the season. And don't forget about our weather photo contest.

TOMORROW (THURSDAY)

Sunny. Breezy. Low 50s. While highs in the low 50s may not be all that much higher than today, lighter winds (around 10-15 mph from the northwest, and not nearly as gusty) and bright sun will make for a less-chilling feel to Thursday.

Overnight, temperatures really plummet as skies remain mostly clear and the center of high pressure moves nearby, allowing winds to go calm. We're talkin' lows in the mid 20s to near 30 in the burbs, and mid 30s in the city.

A LOOK AHEAD

After those frigid overnight lows, Friday temperatures should recover some 35 degrees in some spots, all the way to afternoon highs in the low 60s with sunny skies and light winds. Confidence: High

Not as cold Halloween night with evening trick-or-treat temperatures dropping through the 50s inside and near the Beltway, and into the upper 40s in some of the cooler suburbs. Overnight, lows dip to near 40 in the burbs, mid 40s downtown. Confidence: High

Weekend looks pretty good. Partly sunny with highs in the mid 60s on Saturday. Partly cloudy Satuday night with lows in the 40s as we turn the clocks back. And partly to mostly sunny Sunday with highs near 60. Confidence: Medium-High

By Dan Stillman  | October 29, 2008; 9:10 AM ET
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Comments

The wind was rough last night. Kept the kids up.

Posted by: stinkerflat1 | October 29, 2008 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Up to 5 inches of Snow in Garrett County, MD. Here is a streaming web-cam link:

http://www.deepcreekcam.com/d/

Posted by: stinkerflat1 | October 29, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

What is the likelihood that after going calm on Thursday night, winds will remain quiet through Saturday? I'm putting off moving my boat upriver to have the motor serviced, but I'll try to do it Saturday if it's warm enough.

Posted by: --sg | October 29, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

--sg ... For the period Thurs night through Saturday, I don't see anything stronger than 5-10 mph. Maybe a slight increase on Sunday.

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | October 29, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Dan! Guess I'll have to get up on Sat. morning after being out all night on Halloween. :-D

Posted by: --sg | October 29, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

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