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Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 12/26/2008

Forecast: Warm Weekend on the Way

By Camden Walker

Best chance of showers on Sunday

* National Christmas Tree Photos | Later: Weather Checker Weighs In *


Today: Mostly cloudy. P.M. shower? Mid 40s. | Tonight: Slight shower chance. Around 40. | Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Near 60. | Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Showers? Near 60, maybe higher. | A Look Ahead


Cloudy weekend skies may look like the winter blues. But mild temperatures will make it feel like fall or spring. We could reach or eclipse the 60-degree mark twice this weekend. Slim shower chances today and tomorrow increase some for Sunday. The sun returns early next week and temperatures fall back. But no bitter cold on the horizon.

Webcam: Latest view of D.C. from the Netherlands Carillon at Arlington National Cemetery. Courtesy National Park Service. Refresh page to update. See this image bigger on our Weather Wall.

Today (Friday): There might be a few breaks of morning sun. But by and large we're looking at a mostly cloudy day with highs in the mid 40s and a light breeze from the southeast. An afternoon or evening shower or sprinkle can't be ruled out (25% chance). Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Not much changes. Shower chances continue around 25%. And temperatures don't drop far at all, thanks to cloudy skies and a southerly breeze. Lows 37-43. Confidence: Medium-High

When can we get rid of these clouds? How mild does it get? Read on...

Tomorrow (Saturday): Definitely mild. Some might even call it warm, for winter. With our continued light breeze from the south, highs should get up to near 60! Also a perk -- only a slight chance of a stray shower, despite the dismal appearance of cloudy skies. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Mostly cloudy and remaining quite mild. Lows likely bottom in the low 50s, maybe upper 40s toward the Blue Ridge. That slight chance of a shower also remains. But most areas will probably stay dry. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday: will feature our ever-present mostly cloudy skies. But the warm weather could get warmer. Highs should easily climb to near 60. Mid 60s may even be within reach The day contains a decent (50%) chance of showers, especially in the afternoon. With temperatures so warm, there's the slightest chance of a thunderstorm. Confidence: Medium

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy with a shower threat early, then drier breezes blowing in from the west or northwest. By morning, temperatures dip back to the mid 30s to near 40. Confidence: Medium-High


Monday and Tuesday will likely end our streak of gloomy skies, with partly to mostly sunny conditions and highs probably around 50. Confidence: Medium

By Camden Walker  | December 26, 2008; 9:00 AM ET
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GFS still looking good on January 2 for winter weather...
Not saying it is but, models have been showing consistancy of a storm developing in deep south tapping GOM moisture then tracking off NC/VA coast....

Posted by: StormChaserMan | December 26, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse


Models have been pretty consistent showing potential for this period. Still, lots of time for things to shift around.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | December 26, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Now that you have mentioned this, you have doomed the storm to rain.

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | December 27, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

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