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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 12/14/2008

Forecast: Warming Up Before Turning Wet

By Jason Samenow

* Later: Hotel Savings a Reason to Root for Cold *

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Becoming partly cloudy, not as cold. 45-50. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy, chance of drizzle. 40-45 | Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy with showers late. 55-60. | A Look Ahead

FORECAST IN DETAIL

The colder than average weather of recent days will relent to be replaced by warmer weather for the next two days. Today will be the sunnier of the two, and a good one to do some holiday shopping without weather worries. A rather damp pattern moves in tomorrow and rain chances will remain in the forecast for a good part of the coming week.

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Today (Sunday): As high pressure moves offshore, light winds from the south will help temperatures rise to near normal levels -- near 50. Sky conditions will start the day sunny, but high clouds will likely increase in the afternoon. Confidence: High

Tonight: As moisture flows in from the south, clouds will lower and thicken and patchy drizzle is possible. Low temperatures will generally be in the low to mid- 40s. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast into next week.

Tomorrow (Monday): Patchy early morning drizzle will likely abate, making for a dry and mild middle part of the day, as winds from the south help temperatures climb well into the 50s. Late in the day, shower chances increase to 40% as a cold front approaches. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow Night: Rain showers are likely (60% chance) as the cold front passes through the region. Lows will likely drop to 35-40 (suburbs-city). Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

As the front drops south of the region Tuesday, it will stall, with areas of low pressure developing along it. After some partial clearing to start the day, clouds may increase during the afternoon, with a chance of 30% chance of rain by evening. Highs will likely be in the mid 40s.Confidence: Low-Medium

Intermittent periods of light rain and/or drizzle is possible Tuesday night and Wednesday as weak areas of low pressure ripple along the stalled front to our south. Low temperatures will generally be near 40, with highs in the mid- to upper 40s. Confidence: Low-Medium

By Jason Samenow  | December 14, 2008; 10:30 AM ET
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Comments

Not exactly the most promising forecast.

Posted by: weathergrrl | December 14, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

This lame rainy weather is just as bad as the economy. One can only hope that we can get a blast of cold air and a "perfect storm" to give us what we had in 96' and 03'. We should know the tale of this winter by the 3rd week of January. If we have no snow storm (over 6 inches) by that date it will be time to call it a winter.

Posted by: GregRAINMAN | December 14, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

As the daylight time get shorter I find I'm having trouble with the term "late in the day."

When you say "late in the day" do you mean late in the light part of the day, or late in the "still doing daytime things like driving home from work even though it's already dark" part of the day?

I was thinking about going to see the national christmas tree around sunset tomorrow (so I can see it in the daytime and nighttime), so that's why I'm asking this question.

Posted by: LaurainNWDC | December 14, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

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