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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 02/ 7/2009

Forecast: The Warm-up We've Been Waiting For

By Jason Samenow

* Models Knew Monster Storm Was No Certainty *

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly sunny 54-58. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. 32-38. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny. 56-60. | A Look Ahead

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Earlier in the week, we took the big dip on the temperature see-saw, now we ride high. And the timing couldn't be any sweeter. Both weekend days will bring enjoyably mild temperatures rising well into the 50s today and up towards 60 tomorrow. We cool back down a little to start the work week, but with two great days ahead, who cares?

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Today (Saturday): High pressure to our south slides offshore, kicking up a wind from the south. That southerly wind (at about 10 mph) along with mostly sunny skies will help temperatures rise into the mid-50s, with 60 as close by as Fredericksburg. It will start off on the chilly side though, with everyone below freezing to start the day -- so still dress for winter in the morning. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: The wind from the south will keep temperatures from dipping too low. Under partly cloudy skies, low will only drop to the mid-30s in the colder suburbs, to around 40 downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast into early next week.

Tomorrow (Sunday): Just like last Sunday, the mercury will make a run at 60 degrees. But I don't think we'll go much higher than that as a cold front passes through the region during the afternoon, increasing clouds and changing the wind direction to out of the north. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: The wind from the north will blow in colder temperatures. Temperatures will drop to near freezing downtown, with mid-to-upper 20s in the colder suburbs under mostly clear skies. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Seasonably cool high pressure builds in for Monday, delivering mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Clear to partly cloudy overnight, with lows 25-32 (suburbs-city). Confidence: Medium-High

Winds turn out of the south again Tuesday, warming us up again. Highs may reach the low 50s under partly sunny skies. Confidence: Medium

By Jason Samenow  | February 7, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
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Comments

I'm 33 here in Silver Spring. Any one else above freezing yet? Enjoying the sun?

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 7, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Right at freezing here in Oxon Hill.

Posted by: pjdunn1 | February 7, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

pjdunn1 - you've gotta be above freezing..by now, right? :) watch those temps climb!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 7, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

It's 41 in Takoma Park now and climbing by the minute.

Today's a great day to head west to hike the mountains. We'll see if everybody and their mom has the same idea.

Posted by: daggyswim | February 7, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Thank goodness for warm weather!

Posted by: hoyafan516 | February 7, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Warmer temps feel great this morning! A little hazy but overall looks like a winner today.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 7, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

48 in NW DC and climbing fast...

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 7, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

DCA feeling those winds off the cold river today so far... many places upper 40s or 50+ already, but they are still 44.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 7, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

It's 50 degrees here, but it feels a lot warmer..

Posted by: Snowman_In_Herndon | February 7, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Dulles up to 65 this hour... much of area into 60s now.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 7, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

68 balmy degrees out here in New Baltimore .... more of the same tomorrow? Winds have picked up a bit in the last hour or so ....

Posted by: weathergrrl | February 7, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Did mets bust on temps today?? I thought I heard 54-55 today not 65 lol. Maybe I'm wrong. Other news, I'm going to burst the warm feelings in here :)

http://raleighwx.easternuswx.com/models/gfs/12zgfs850mbTSLPp12228.gif


It can never be to warm to look at snow storms haha.

Posted by: clintonportis17 | February 7, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Current temp. in Burke: 58.8 with mostly sunny skies!

clintonportis17:

How did you hyperlink that website address? I've always wondered how to hyperlink website addresses when posting comments ever since I began commenting on the CWG website. Thanks!

Posted by: Yellowboy | February 7, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Yellowboy

Say you wanna post the 12Zgfs Image at 288hrs, you click on it and you go up to your search bar and copy and paste the link. Maybe someone else can explain it better lol?

Posted by: clintonportis17 | February 7, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Thanks clintonportis17, I'll try that later on! :)

Posted by: Yellowboy | February 7, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Sterlingva | February 7, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Several records were tied or broken, including Dulles.

Posted by: CapitalClimate | February 7, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Hey CWG, can I get some wind forecast support? CBOFS's wind site is down due to technical issues. Can you give me some idea of when in the afternoon I could expect the wind to shift to NW? There's a small craft advisory posted for tomorrow, but gusts of 25kt seem to be expected only in the afternoon. I've got crew, I'd like to get a couple of hours of sailing in during the morning on the SW winds.....any guidance on that frontal passage will be appreciated. Thanks!

Posted by: --sg | February 7, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Sterlingva:

This time next week things should start to get interesting! A split flow pattern is key to these potential storms. If we don't have that then id say game over! longgg way out so time will tell.

Posted by: clintonportis17 | February 7, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

@sg

Winds should gradually shift from SW to W in the morning (probably pretty early), and then to NW by afternoon. Don't think there will be much of a window (if any) with a strong southerly component to the wind.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 7, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Jason! Good to know - it means less chop but a helluva time getting her back upriver against an outgoing tide with the wind on her nose. But, nothing ventured...

Posted by: --sg | February 7, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Right Sterling, time to start praying......that winter is over.

Really, most of us are done with it. I've enjoyed every moment of this warm weekend.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | February 8, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

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