Forecast: Not Quite as Windy. Anything Wintry?
Today: Mostly sunny. Still rather windy. Low 50s. | Tonight: Light winds. Clear, then some clouds. 27-32. | Tomorrow: 30% chance of light rain and a few wet snowflakes. Partly cloudy. 40s. | Sunday: Partly sunny. Low-to-mid 40s. | A Look Ahead
FORECAST IN DETAIL
Peak gusts of 45-60 mph were common across the area yesterday, with Rockville recording one of the regions's highest gusts at 65 mph. Winds lose a good bit of their ferociousness today, but by no means are they gone completely. In the meantime, while temperatures are on their way down, precipitation chances -- and specifically snow chances -- remain on the low side.
Today (Friday): Winds gusting to near 30 mph through much of the day won't feel as fierce as yesterday, but will be a significant factor nonetheless, before diminishing by late afternoon or evening. At least it'll be mostly sunny with relatively comfortable highs in the low 50s. But dress for 40s considering the wind chill. Perhaps a couple layers and then overlay it with a heavy windbreaker coat. Confidence: High
Tonight: Breezes should calm considerably by around dinnerime, settling down to near 5 mph or less for the night. Skies should start out mostly clear, but may cloud up some as the night progresses. Evening temperatures will drop through the 40s and into the upper 30s. Overnight, lows in the low 30s downtown will likely be matched with upper 20s outside the Beltway, maybe some mid-20s if clouds hold off. Confidence: Medium-High
Any snowflakes in our future? Read on...
Tomorrow (Saturday): A storm system tracking mainly to our south could clip us with some light precipitation (30% chance). With highs in the 40s, any precipitation would probably be mainly in the form of light rain, but a few wet snowflakes could mix in as well. Otherwise, look for a partly cloudy Valentine's Day with light breezes. Confidence: Medium
Tomorrow Night: Partly cloudy and cool again. Though a light breeze from the north should keep temperatures from plummeting. Lows in the upper 20s to near 30. Confidence: Medium
Sunday: ...will give us a fairly decent day as the holiday weekend continues. Highs, though a little below normal, will still head into the low-to-mid 40s. Skies will be partly sunny. And precipitation? Not to worry, at least for the daytime hours. Winds won't bother you much, either. Confidence: Medium-High
For Sunday night and early Monday we watch another storm moving by to the south. Once again it looks like we may miss out on most if not all the storm's precipitation. But should the track shift a little further north then we could see a little light snow. Look for lows in the upper 20s downtown. Perhaps mid-20s out around Dulles. Confidence: Medium
After that small chance of light snow early, Presidents Day Monday should be partly sunny but chilly: highs in the upper 30s, possibly low 40s with enough sunshine. Not bad travelling weather if heading back after a long weekend. Confidence: Medium
Tuesday will likely be mostly sunny. And temperatures rebound a smidge as they aim for highs in the mid-40s. Enjoy!...that first day back to work. Ugh. Confidence: Medium
| February 13, 2009; 9:45 AM ET
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