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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 02/ 6/2009

Forecast: Milder Air Moves In; 60 on Sunday?

By Camden Walker

Temps swing upward through Sunday, then down again

* Warm Weather: Ant Attack? | Later: Monster Storm That Wasn't *


Today: Mostly sunny. Low 40s. | Tonight: Clear skies. 23-30. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Mid 50s | Sunday: Partly sunny. Around 60. | A Look Ahead


Ready or not, here comes the warm-up. (Can't imagine who isn't ready after yesterday's brutal cold.) Today, we'll watch the thermometer rise about 15 degrees higher than yesterday, but that only gets us to the low 40s. By Sunday, however, you might be smelling a hint of spring in the air. Will it last into next week?

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Today (Friday): Thank goodness my hands and face won't hurt like yesterday. Still, it'll be a chilly morning with temperatures climbing out of the teens and low 20s. But sunny skies, light winds and afternoon highs in the low 40s isn't bad. As Dan Stillman mentioned yesterday, the sun feels even better from behind a window or windshield. Confidence: High

Tonight: Breezes should remain light. But temperatures dipping toward lows in the upper 20s to near 30 downtown and low-to-mid 20s in suburban spots like Gaithersburg and Manassas may still require a scarf? Skies should be clear through the night. Confidence: High

What is this "warmth" you speak of? How long will it last?...

Tomorrow (Saturday): Blue skies will still show brightly, and highs by afternoon will be in the 52-56 range. A light breeze from the south will spurt about in the afternoon, but shouldn't cause much of a chill. Instead, it'll continue to pump in milder and drier air (enough of the static electricity already!). Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Partly cloudy and not as chilly as tonight. Upper 30s downtown, mid-30s outside the Beltway. A light breeze from the southwest will be fairly constant overnight. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday: Last Sunday we got up to 61 at both National and Dulles. We could do it again this Sunday with a steady breeze from the southwest pumping mild air into the region. At the very least we should get to the upper 50s. Skies may have several periods of clouds but do not fret -- a slight chance of a stray shower is about as much as we'd see in the way precipitation. Confidence: Medium-High


A bit cooler on Sunday night as our pattern begins to shift back toward winter -- with lows in the low 30s, even downtown. Confidence: Medium

Continued quiet but cooler on Monday. Skies should be partly to mostly sunny and high temperatures will likely stay in the mid-to-upper 40s. Just a day after Sunday's hint of spring fever, you'll need your winter coat again. Confidence: Medium

Tuesday could feature more in the way of clouds -- we'll call it partly sunny for now. Yet temperatures should still reach the upper 40s to near 50. It looks like a chance of showers could enter the picture toward the latter part of the day. Confidence: Low-Medium

By Camden Walker  | February 6, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
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Hey, folks! The current sea-level barometric pressure here [30.50] is higher than in Verkhoyansk [30.33].

Posted by: Bombo47jea | February 5, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

00z GFS showed a major snow/winter storm in about 2 weeks or so....the gfs is in its fantasy land this far out but I believe its been hinting at it for a couple days now and so has the Euro to some extent. Ill post the image for anyone who is NOT looking forward to the warm weather this weekend! I'am actually excited about the warmth so this POTENTAIL storm can wait.

Posted by: clintonportis17 | February 6, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

That may be so, Bombo, but I don't think that Verkoyansk is 18F degrees like DCA at this hour. -50 or -60F would be more along their average.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | February 6, 2009 3:23 AM | Report abuse

clintonportis17: That storm would be GREAT! But, like you said, it's fantasy land. Now, if we could only change that "090220" to around "090209" or so, we'd be great. ;^) I do love how that model gives Miami snow, hahaha.

In other news, my thermometers are in scary agreement with weatherbug. They're usually 4-5 degrees warmer than weatherbug is. WB reads 19 degrees, thermometers read 21.4 and 20.9. Either way, it's COLD (and I love it).

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | February 6, 2009 6:30 AM | Report abuse

I see our comments this morning. Very good. It appears we have some cold weather fans, eh??

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 6, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

We weren't as cold last night (9.1F) as the previous night (3.2F). I had a heck of a time getting my emergency brake to release. I'm just going to leave my car in gear on the level when it's that cold.

Eastern Warren Co.
elevation 1900 ft

Posted by: spgass1 | February 6, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

spgass1: Do I need to watch my emerg break usage when it gets very cold? I didn't realize the mechanics of that auto part began to fail at really cold temps. Sounds like I better watch it?

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 6, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: SteveT-CapitalWeatherGang | February 6, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Actually, Verkhoyansk was around -25 F at midnight our time. Current data is showing "n.a."

This upcoming weather is good for hiking but BORING AS HECK!!!

There's a worse threat than weather to my weeknight dances. It's these darned proposed Metro service cuts. Right now Metro is doing a great job late at night. Why do they continually keep threatening us with these service cutbacks??? They ought to know we can't afford those expensive taxis all the time. Looks as though I'm going to have to be VERY NOISY to ensure we keep our Metro service intact. None of these service cutbacks, PLEASE!!! We simply CANNOT AFFORD the alternatives, and, economically, it will only result in closing the Clarendon and Chevy Chase Ballrooms. Better move to "Metro Opens Doors".com & give them a piece of my mind!

[These folks want to close down Metrorail service at 10 PM in July.That's a mighty stupid move. In this time of economic turmoil WE need Metro more than ever!]

Posted by: Bombo47jea | February 6, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I know my car is looking forward to the warm weather this weekend and a good cleaning!

Posted by: JJones-CapitalWeatherGang | February 6, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Camden: It is listed as #20 on this "good advice" winter driving page:

In my case, there was snow on the road so it's probably a combination of moisture and freezing temps that did it on two nights.

Posted by: spgass1 | February 6, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, spgass1!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 6, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

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