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Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 02/ 9/2009

Forecast: Week off to a Bright Start

By Brian Jackson

Mainly mild until the weekend

* Magenta Sky Photography | Later: Global Warming and Snakes *


Today: Mostly sunny, pleasant. 55-58. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy. 36-39. | Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, slight chance of showers. 58-61. | A Look Ahead


While not quite as extreme as our super warm weekend, above average warmth stays with us for much of the work week. A weak weather system works its way through the region mid-week providing a slight chance of rain. By next weekend, some colder air returns while another storm heads in our direction. Will that mean wintry precipitation?

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Today (Monday): While we won't be enjoying temperatures near 70 as we were yesterday, mid-to-upper 50s weather is a welcome break from the below normal temperatures of last month. Plenty of sun will assist in the warming but by evening we will see mid-to-high level clouds streaming in. A light breeze from the south will develop in the afternoon. Confidence: High

Tonight: Clouds will continue to increase keeping our temperatures above freezing with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s. Winds will remain out of the south and light, around 5 mph. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast for your upcoming week...

Tomorrow (Tuesday): Moist flow from the south will give us mostly cloudy skies. A few showers could develop well ahead of the approaching system but most won't make it over the mountains. Temperatures will be mild, with highs in the upper 50s to around 60. Winds will still be out of the south, increasing to near 15 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Overnight, rain chances remain low, but there is a chance of a widely, and I mean widely, scattered sprinkle or shower. Skies will be mostly cloudy, and overnight lows will be mild, only dropping to the low-to-mid 40s. Winds from the south or southwest will blow near 10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High


Wednesday will remain mostly cloudy. Aside from a lone sprinkle or two, most of the day should be dry. It looks to be the warmest day of the work week, with afternoon highs reaching the mid-60s. Our greatest chance for rain arrives Wednesday night as a cold front passes by. Lows will drop into the mid-to-upper 40s. Confidence: Medium-High

Thursday and Friday turn a little cooler and more tranquil. Lingering showers will diminish in the morning Thursday after which, mostly sunny conditions take hold. Highs will remain relatively mild, reaching the lower 50s each day. Confidence: Medium-High

On Saturday an area of low pressure may slide by to our south and deepen off the coast, spreading snow or rain over the area. Details are difficult to pin down, but we'll closely monitor this storm. Confidence: Low

Following the storm, the weather should dry out Sunday. It should be variably cloudy and seasonably cool, with highs in the low 40s. Confidence: Medium

By Brian Jackson  | February 9, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
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Anyone else have an extra spring in their step after the weekend warmth?

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

So how's it look for the week after Valentine's Day...cold enough for snow? Pattern?

Posted by: manassasmissy | February 9, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Dan, I'm BORED with threat of substantive snow for the foreseeable future!

It's such a bummer to have had such a cold winter period with so little snow or ice. Seems like it's trying to warm up before met. winter is even over.

Missy, although we will have cooler weather I'm afraid all we're going to get in this boring 30's/40's regime is a bunch of that cruddy slush at best and a boring ol' rain at worst! For some reason this region is very reluctant to dip well below freezing they way things do back in my western Wisconsin home.

Right now we seem to be getting a textbook case of increasing mares-tail cirrus covering the sky & advancing from the west. The closest rain though seems to be west of the Mississippi River in the Arklatex region. Thus we can expect quite a few hours of mild, cloudy but dry weather. Much of this happens during my Monday night/Tuesday night swing dance period, with the heavier showers coming later Wednesday. This means that Augusta Jim and the other "much-needed rain" folks are going to feel slighted. Meanwhile, I'm still waiting for that snowstorm stimulus package I ordered. Perhaps the minority has tied it up in committee.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | February 9, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

not so much...I guess.

Posted by: manassasmissy | February 9, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I hope we don't get this "wintry weather". Long live warm, non-snowy weather!

Posted by: bastings | February 9, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Ok let me be the first to complain about timing: A week of sunshine and sixties, and then the woefule wintry mix on Valentine's Day? Nothing romantic about that!

Posted by: cpwdc | February 9, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Dan, I too really enjoyed the weekend's wonderful weather. The two days of early spring seemed to fly by.

I, for one, am ready for sunny and warmer weather.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | February 9, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

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