Forecast: Sunshine Returns, Big Time Cold Looms?
Wintry mix possible Saturday; Arctic outbreak next week
Early risers: watch out for some black ice as lingering puddles may have frozen overnight
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Today: Mostly sunny; blustery. Low 40s | Tonight: Breezy. Upper 20s | Tomorrow: Sunny. Low 40s | A Look Ahead
FORECAST IN DETAIL
Sunshine is back today and tomorrow, and accompanied by typically cold temperatures (and wind today mainly). But this cold may feel mild compared to the massive Arctic blast that may blow in next Tuesday, possibly accompanied by snow. And even before any severe cold arrives, Saturday's storm, which once looked to be a rain event, is no longer as clear cut -- at least a little snow could enter the picture. Winter weather fans: things are definitely looking up...
Today (Thursday): Sunshine will make a triumphant return today after the past few days' dreary skies. Though afternoon highs will be in the low 40s -- right where they "should" be for this time of year -- a strong westerly wind of 15-30 mph will make it feel appreciably colder. I'd recommend dressing warmly and in layers. Breezy conditions continue tonight, with overnight lows ranging from the mid to upper 20s in most spots. Confidence: High
Keep reading for the forecast through the beginning of next week.
Tomorrow (Friday): With high pressure firmly in control, weather on Friday will fairly closely mirror today's conditions, though it won't be quite as breezy. You can expect a plethora of sunshine with highs near 40 and occasional west winds of 10 to 15mph.
Tomorrow night: Clouds will be on the increase Friday night -- though it will remain dry -- with overnight lows near 30 in most locations. Confidence: Medium-High
After two days of sunshine, clouds will prevail once again on Saturday as a cold front approaches from the west. This front and an associated area of low pressure will also trigger some precipitation. A period of snow and/or sleet may occur before a likely changeover to rain. Areas not that far north of the District may get some accumulating snow -- especially towards the Pennsylvania border. Highs will be in the 30s. Confidence: Low-Medium
As high pressure builds back into the area on Sunday, we're back to mostly sunny skies once again. It will be decidedly chilly, though, with afternoon highs only in the upper 30s; breezy conditions will probably make it feel even colder than what the thermometer reads. Clear and quite cold Sunday night, with overnight lows ranging from near 20 across the coolest suburbs to the mid 20s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High
For most of the day Monday, you can expect partly to mostly sunny skies and continued below normal highs in the mid or upper 30s. Clouds likely increase late in the afternoon and overnight with snow showers possible as an Arctic cold front approaches. Temperatures may fall through the 20s overnight with increasing winds. Confidence: Medium
Brutally cold air may arrive Tuesday along with strong winds and intermittent snow showers. Temperatures may not rise much during the day (from the 20s). Confidence: Low-Medium
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