Forecast: My, It's Mild... But Only for a Day
Cold & wind return tomorrow; chance of snow next week
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Today: Sunny. Kinda warm. Low-to-mid 50s. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Mid 30s. | Tomorrow: Clearing skies. Windy. Near 40, then falling. | Sunday: Mostly sunny. Low-to-mid 30s. | A Look Ahead
FORECAST IN DETAIL
What a way to finish the work week! It's been over two weeks since we last felt 50 degrees (Jan. 5 to be exact). But we're likely to get there today, maybe with room to spare. And it'll probably feel warmer than the last time now that our bodies are acclimated to highs near freezing and below. Enjoy it while it lasts. Our reality check arrives tomorrow.
Today (Friday): will be a surprise to our bodies. Highs probably reach the low-to-mid 50s with mostly sunny skies. A light breeze from the south could keep a slight chill in the air along the north banks of the chilly Potomac and around Reagan National Airport. Confidence: High
Tonight: Not too cold for a change. Evening temperatures should be in the 40s, only falling to lows in the mid 30s. Yup. We may actually stay above freezing, even outside the Beltway. You can thank the light evening breeze from the southwest and the blanketing effect of mostly cloudy skies for the slight break in heating costs. Confidence: High
Will the mild air stick around? Keep reading for the forecast into next week...
Tomorrow (Saturday): I recommend the "dress in layers" methodology. Morning temperatures could rise a bit, to near 40, as skies begin to clear. Then, cold air rushing in behind a cold front (which will have passed through early in the morning) will likely drop afternoon temperatures into the 30s and increase winds to around 20 mph (with higher gusts) from the northwest. Winter again, definitely! Confidence: Medium
Tomorrow Night: During the evening, we'll still have a little bit of wind to contend with out of the northwest, so bundle up. Under mostly clear skies, overnight lows should dip to the upper teens to near 20 as winds diminish. Confidence: Medium-High
Sunday: I expect a mostly sunny day, but cold with highs in the low-to-mid 30s. Yes, this may be below our average high for this time of year (low 40s), but at least it's not the 20s and teens we've seen some of the days this January. Agreed? Confidence: Medium
Sunday night: Partly cloudy with lows in the low 20s. Temperatures could dip into the upper teens outside the Beltway if skies don't cloud up too much. Confidence: Medium
Monday, we're looking at a mix of sun and clouds and highs in the low-to-mid 30s again. Yes, some of you might want it warmer. And some of you might want wintry precipitation. Looks like Monday won't satisfy either camp. Confidence: Medium
Tuesday could bring a chance of snow. Highs should be in the 30s -- seems like "par for the course" lately. Confidence: Low-Medium
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