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Posted at 8:45 AM ET, 02/25/2009

Forecast: Getting Warmer. Wetter, Too?

By Dan Stillman

Chance of showers Friday; Weekend wintry mix?

* Which is More Pathetic: Winter or Wizards? | D.C. Drought? *

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly to mostly sunny. Light winds. Near 50. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. Upper 20s to mid-30s. | Tomorrow: Mix of clouds and sun. 55-60. | A Look Ahead

FORECAST IN DETAIL

It would be nice to see two things increase around here: temperatures and precipitation, the latter of which we're running a significant deficit. I have good news on the first -- a nice warm-up begins today and lasts through Friday. And I have potentially good but less certain news on the second -- we have a chance of showers Friday and maybe a wintry mix this weekend.


Blue skies and fair-weather clouds watch over D.C.'s Mayflower Hotel Monday afternoon. By CWG photographer Ian Livingston.

Today (Wednesday): After a chilly morning start (20s downtown, some teens in the suburbs), highs near 50 will certainly be a step in the right direction, not to mention about 10 degrees warmer than yesterday. Add partly to mostly sunny skies and light winds and we have ourselves a pretty decent day. Confidence: High

Tonight: We'll have to wait one more night to get into what some might call "balmy" territory. For tonight, evening temperatures will drop through the 40s on their way to lows in the low-to-mid 30s downtown, upper 20s to near 30 in the suburbs. Cold, but not as chilly as recent nights. Skies should be partly cloudy. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend. Also, vote in our poll asking which has been more pathetic: winter or the Wizards?

Tomorrow (Thursday): Finally, some warmth we can believe in. With a mix of clouds and sun, a light breeze from the south should push highs to around 55-60. I'll mention a small chance of a morning shower or sprinkle, mainly north or northwest of the metro area. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: As the next cold front approaches from the west, an increasing breeze from the south and increasingly cloudy skies will make for a mild night with lows in the 40s. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Friday could be a rather active weather day. As the cold front closes in from the west, showers are possible and winds are likey to blow from the south at a pretty good clip. Highs could reach the 55-60 range again, and can't rule out a few rumbles of thunder. Confidence: Medium

This weekend we may see a storm try to come at us from the south. If we do get precipitation, it could be in the form of a wintry mix. Timing and details are uncertain, but as typical of this winter, it looks like temperatures -- morning lows in the low-to-mid 30s, daytime highs in the upper 30s to low or mid-40s -- may be warm enough to favor rain and limit the impact of any snow or sleet. Confidence: Low-Medium

By Dan Stillman  | February 25, 2009; 8:45 AM ET
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Comments

Nice hedging...

"we may see a storm try to come at us from the south. If we do get precipitation, it could be in the form of a wintry mix. Timing and details are uncertain,"

Posted by: wiredog | February 25, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

I think the headline is really "Returning to Normal" rather than "Getting Warmer." Finally!

Posted by: SouthsideFFX | February 25, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

All good news, if it happens. I do appreciate some bitter cold - it helps fight off fleas, ticks and poison-ivy which thrive when we have mild winters. But I think the work is done. And I'm really tired of the biting and bitter winds coming through these concrete canyons. My face is frozen!

Posted by: mwcob | February 25, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Same old, same old...it's a "drought", except for my dance night, Friday!

Luckily Friday night's dance might not be as "essential" as was last Friday. The scheduled dance at Chevy Chase is a "Balboa" dance, probably with a DJ rather than a live band. Attendance could be light, particularly if wind and rain mess with things. Last Friday was a bit different.

Right now it's hard to say what might hit Sunday & Monday. Probably more rain than snow the way this winter has gone. Monday night is another dance night at Chevy Chase.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | February 25, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Great photo Ian... The weather actually feels almost as nice as it looks today. Almost, that is. Still kind of cool out in my book.

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | February 25, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

wiredog: better to dampen expectations than to raise them foolishly. Slow and steady wins the forecasting race, if you ask me.

(Of course, you could always predict a snowstorm in your head. :-) )

Posted by: KBurchfiel | February 25, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

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