Forecast: Christmas Eve Rain; Yuletide Warming
Slight chance of a little ice late tonight
* Later this morning: 'Nothing Takes Longer Than Waiting for Snow' *
Today: Clouds return. Slightly warmer. 34-38. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Rain/ice late? 30-33. | Tomorrow: Warmer. Mainly PM showers 50-54. | A Look Ahead
FORECAST IN DETAIL
Yesterday's brutal high of only 28 at National Airport was the coldest high temperature of this entire year. Even more impressively, it was colder than any high temperature all of last winter. In fact, you have to go all the way back to the 06/07 winter to find anything close (March 7, 2007 was 29 and Feb. 15, 2007 was 27). The good news is that the cold is leaving us and after today, that departure will be as rapid as flying reindeer.
Today (Tuesday): Clouds are forecast to thicken again today, but warmer winds will slowly return as well. Look for highs to build into the middle 30s throughout the area with lighter breezes from the south and southwest. Confidence: Medium
Tonight: Temperatures will mostly hold steady or only dip slightly lower (to around freezing) as a cloud canopy remains overhead. There is a slight chance of light rain, which could be of the freezing variety (30% chance of any precipitation). With the cold ground temperatures, roads could quickly become slick, so be cautious if you're out early in the AM. Confidence: Medium
Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend.
Tomorrow (Christmas Eve): is forecast to see showers mainly in the afternoon (70% likelihood), but the big news will be the much warmer temperatures. Look for highs to rebound into the lower to middle 50s under still mostly cloudy skies. Confidence: Medium
Christmas Eve Night: Showers chances during the evening hours are around 70%. A cold front should sweep the area late in the night, which will end the remaining showers. Temperatures will be slow to fall and could stay in the 50s all the way up to midnight, before dropping back to near 40 by morning. Confidence: Low-Medium
On Christmas Day, the outlook calls for clearing skies, but slightly colder temperatures compared to Christmas Eve. Highs should be in the middle to upper 40s. Mostly cloudy skies in the morning should become partly sunny by Christmas afternoon. Confidence: Low-Medium
Friday should see a mixture of both clouds and sun as another weather system approaches the mid-Atlantic. There is a 30% chance of late day or evening showers as high temperatures remain in the middle or upper 40s range. Temperatures dip only into the upper 30s and lower 40s Friday night. Confidence: Low
The last weekend of 2008 is aiming for the warm side with highs more likely in the 50s on Saturday and potentially Sunday too (could be upper 40s north and west of town), still with shower chances and frequent cloud cover. The best chance for shower activity right now looks to be Saturday night into Sunday morning as a cold front sweeps the area again. This cold front does not offer nearly the levels of cold we've seen recently though as highs only correct slightly cooler for Sunday. Confidence: Low
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