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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 02/25/2009

PM Update: Temperatures Trending "Toastier"

By Ian Livingston

60 degrees possible Thursday; Weekend wintry mix?

* More Pathetic: Winter or Wizards? | Citizen Science & Global Change *

Temperatures near average for this time of year and light winds made today a winner in the minds of those waiting for winter to end. This afternoon, highs have reached up to right around 50 across most of the area while skies have been generally cloud free. Despite a chilly night ahead, milder conditions have settled in for now.

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Tonight: Partly to mostly clear skies will allow temperatures to fall below freezing across much of the area overnight. Look for lows in the upper 20s for the suburbs to right around freezing downtown. Winds will be light from the south.

Tomorrow (Thursday): Pleasant conditions persist Thursday as temperatures rise even higher than today. Under partly cloudy skies, highs should range from 55-60, with a lucky spot or two possibly climbing into the low 60s. Winds will remain light and from the south.

See Dan Stillman's forecast through the weekend.

Spring is Coming: National Airport's average high temperature rises to 50 degrees tomorrow for the first time since early December. Dulles lags behind a bit, with the average high reaching 50 on the first day of meteorological spring, March 1. By the end of next month, both stations normally see highs topping 60. Thinking about warmth to come? Or will you miss the dry and cold winds of winter 08/09?

By Ian Livingston  | February 25, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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Posted by: bdeco | February 25, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

That GFS chart sure looks tempting, but my guess is that it "melts" into a mixed-precip. scenario with nothing but slush to show for it.

Next week, with highs in the thirties, looks interesting but is probably more dry NW wind-blasts than anything.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | February 25, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

I'll miss nothing from this winter. It's been a terrible winter for snow. And on a non meteorological note, a terrible month of February.

Posted by: Havoc737 | February 25, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Not just the GFS but several other models including the NAM. Although the GFS has a different solution every run but I guess its the ECM against all the others. Givin this winter, I would place money on the ECM.

Posted by: clintonportis17 | February 25, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

while spring in Washington can be truly lovely, it's always hard to leave the cold behind, if only because i know how wretchedly hot it going to become soon enough. and since, frankly, i would be happy if it never got above 80, that happens way too soon for me every year.

Posted by: dinergirl | February 25, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Bring on the warmth! There is nothing to miss about this winter.

I just hope Spring isn't slow in coming. The "wintry mix" is the worst thing about winter around here, but the second worst thing is windy and cold. And sometimes it stays that way right into April. I've got no use for that at all!

Posted by: freeid | February 25, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I realize that this is probably going to be a mixed or mix-to-rain event, but still, this is a nice image!

Posted by: Sterlingva | February 25, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

What happened to the sunny weather this weekend which was forecasted earlier in the week????

If this ruins my trip to Blacksburg on Saturday, I'm gonna be very angry.

This is why I hate winter.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | February 26, 2009 3:55 AM | Report abuse

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