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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 02/ 5/2009

Forecast: One More Day of Shivering

By Josh Larson

Much milder temperatures on the way

* AccuWeather Backlash | Later: The Coming Ant Invasion? *


Today: Mostly sunny. Mid-to-upper 20s. Wind chills in teens & single digits | Tonight: Clear. Teens to low 20s. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Low 40s. | Tomorrow Night: Not as cold. Near 30. | A Look Ahead


As Dan suggested in his post yesterday, for those anxious for milder weather, temperatures today will not be headed in the right direction, with frigid afternoon temperatures some 20 degrees below average. However, I can assure you that major changes are on the horizon, with readings above 40 likely as soon as Friday and 50s (perhaps even 60s?!) for the weekend. High pressure will also keep the storms away, so I don't think they'll be any need for an umbrella (either for rain or snow) until next Tuesday at the earliest. If you're a friend of fair weather, enjoy this mid-winter thaw!

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Today (Thursday): With continued flow from the northwest aloft, frigid morning temperatures in the teens will struggle to rise appreciably during the day, even despite mostly sunny skies. The mid-to-upper 20s is about all we can expect for afternoon highs; to add insult to injury, northwest winds of 10-15 mph will produce wind chills in the teens and single digits. A word of advice: Bundle up. Confidence: High

Tonight: Clear skies and light winds will allow temperatures to drop to the upper teens across the coolest spots to the low 20s downtown tonight. Ironically, due to stronger winds earlier in the day, temperatures may actually "feel" colder today at times than they will tonight. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through the beginning of next week.

Tomorrow (Friday): With a more southerly component to the flow on Friday, we're going to see noticeably milder temperatures than today. Mind you, it will still be no where near warm -- and temperatures will still be below normal -- but I think many of you would agree that highs in the low 40s, especially under mostly sunny skies, aren't too much to complain about. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: While still chilly, it won't be nearly as cold Friday night as it has been the past few nights. If you're heading out for the evening, plan on temperatures in the 30s which will eventually drop to 25-30 overnight. Confidence: High


The warming starts, in earnest, on Saturday, when light southerly winds and plenty of sunshine push temperatures well into the mid 50s in most areas -- nearly 30 degrees warmer than the high temperatures we're likely to experience today. Furthermore, a heavy coat will not be required Saturday night, as temperatures will only fall to between 35 and 40. Confidence: Medium-High

I have a feeling a lot of people may make it outside on Sunday. We're likely to see abundant sunshine and temperatures in the upper 50s to near 60. I wouldn't be too surprised if some areas actually make it into the low 60s. How's that for mild?! Partly cloudy and a bit cooler Sunday night, with overnight lows in the low 30s in most areas. Confidence: Medium-High

As if winter is saying --"hold on, not just yet, Spring!" -- it appears that temperatures will cool down rather noticeably, albeit briefly, on Monday. That probably means highs in the mid to upper 40s (somewhat chilly after the previous day's highs near 60) with overnight lows in the upper 20s to low 30s. Skies will probably be partly sunny and the threat of precipitation appears rather low at this time. Confidence: Medium

But if you want mild weather to stick around, indications are that temperatures should rebound again on Tuesday into the rest of the week, with readings in the 50s (and probably even the 60s) back in the picture as the core of the nation's cold air shifts to the western us.

By Josh Larson  | February 5, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
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Does anyone like 11.9 degrees? I am cold in Silver Spring right now! :)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 5, 2009 7:13 AM | Report abuse

I'll admit again that I love this cold weather! I do get tired of it, though, and will be ready for spring when it arrives.

Posted by: --sg | February 5, 2009 7:23 AM | Report abuse

Assuming we hit a high of 30 (which is unlikely), temperatures will be 14 degrees BELOW average for this time of year. Please remember that when you are complaining that the high 50s we get this coming weekend are "not like how it used to be around here, when is snowed once a week."

Posted by: SouthsideFFX | February 5, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

The wind is wicked out there. Does anyone else know if this was our second coldest morning this winter, as I suspect??

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 5, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Hey Camden, you're very close. At National, this morning was the third coldest morning of this winter. We hit 8F on Jan 17th (coldest) and 11F on Jan 16 (second coldest). Matt Rogers, CWG

Posted by: mrwx1 | February 5, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

This morning's low was 15F

Posted by: mrwx1 | February 5, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Just so everyone knows, Happy Weatherman's Day!!

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 5, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

This weekend's mild spell is too darned really ought to hold off at least until meteorological winter instead of a good snowstorm all we'll get is a boring ol' SOAKER!!!

Posted by: Bombo47jea | February 5, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

I think the period from the 12th through the 17th is looking like it as a lot of potential for a snowstorm for our area. The 12z Euro is all over this!

Posted by: clintonportis17 | February 5, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Sorry winter lovers/skiers etc., but I will revel in the "warm" weather this weekend and next week. I realize that we could still get bombed by a big snow, but every day with highs in the 40's or above is a plus to me. With my 100 mile RT commute, snow during the week is a major bummer, and on the weekends I would rather go for a walk or bike ride than shovel! That said, I am sure the local ski resorts are happy to see this cold weather.

Posted by: soyboy99 | February 5, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse


Agree 100%. Snow/ice causes me nothing but headaches.

Really looking forward to the warmup this coming week!

Posted by: ThinkSpring | February 5, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse


Could you post a link to the site where you are getting the data from the Euro? The sites I am looking at don't give me the enthusiasm that you are showing for those dates.

Posted by: pjdunn1 | February 5, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

It was down to 3F this morning on the Blue Ridge in VA.

Posted by: spgass1 | February 5, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: clintonportis17 | February 5, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Now one more weenie question: how do you get around all the "404 Page not found" warnings on the site?
I can only access about 5 of all the graphics. Is there a trick I should know?


Posted by: pjdunn1 | February 5, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

hmm..I havnt come across that before. It may be the site having problems so idk, type the same question you just asked me in the evening post that CWG just did and maybe they know why.

Posted by: clintonportis17 | February 5, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

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