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Posted at 8:50 AM ET, 03/ 5/2009

Forecast: Move Over Winter, Here Comes Spring!

By Josh Larson

From 40s today to 70 this weekend, and dry....

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Today: Sun & clouds; not as cold. Upper 40s. | Tonight: Much milder. 35-40. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, breezy & mild. Near 60. | Tomorrow Night: Clear & mild. 45-50. | A Look Ahead


Despite the fact that temperatures so far this month are running 15 degrees below normal, and despite the fact that we'll still be just a few degrees below normal today (though noticeably milder than yesterday), spring returns in a major way Friday through the entire weekend. This period will be dominated by ample sunshine and mild to warm temperatures in the 60s (and even 70s) along with very little chance for much in the way of precipitation. Spring lovers: rejoice; allergy sufferers: beware!

Today (Thursday): After a chilly start to the day, high pressure moving offshore will allow for increasing southerly flow as a warm front moves north late in the day. These series of atmospheric maneuvers will provide us with a blend of clouds and sunshine with noticeably milder afternoon highs making a run for the 50 degree mark. Confidence: High

Tonight: Compared to our recent overnight lows, tonight's temperatures may feel downright balmy! Mostly cloudy skies hold temperatures from dropping below the mid-30s in the cooler spots to near 40 downtown. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the very spring-like forecast through early next week...

Tomorrow (Friday): Continued flow from the southwest along with mostly sunny skies will push temperatures to even milder levels on Friday. The upper 50s are a good bet, while some places will probably hit or surpass the 60 degree mark. You may notice an occasional southwesterly breeze of 10-15 mph at times. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: When you think about it this way it's pretty impressive: Friday night's overnight lows will be some 20 degrees milder than Wednesday's highs! That means mid 40s for the cooler 'burbs to near 50 downtown. All of the evening hours, however, will be in the 50s, which to me means only a light coat; then again, I went to college in the Berkshires. Confidence: High


Let's just dispense with it: 70. That's how high temperatures should climb on Saturday despite the fact that we'll see partly, as opposed to mostly, sunny skies. That's nearly 20 degrees above normal for this time of year, and a whopping 40 degrees warmer than afternoon highs early this week! Get out and enjoy, though know that tree pollen levels (especially for Cedar, Juniper & Elm), will increase to moderate levels with all this warmth. Overnight lows will stay above 50. Confidence: Medium-High

On Sunday, a cold front in the vicinity may keep a good deal of clouds over the area (and perhaps even a sprinkle), but that should not stop temperatures from reaching or eclipsing 70 degrees. I would not be shocked if sunnier spots (especially south) reach the mid 70s! We've got a shot at some showers Sunday night, but it may very well remain dry. Overnight lows will hang out in the low 50s. Confidence: Medium

We're expecting cooler temperatures on Monday along with the probability of mostly cloudy skies, and the possibility of some showers -- especially during the first half of the day. Plan on somewhat cooler afternoon highs in the upper 50s, still a bit above average, though. Confidence: Medium

By Josh Larson  | March 5, 2009; 8:50 AM ET
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Current temp. in Burke: 23.2 with a few clouds in the sky.

Is it true? Is it actually going to reach 70 this weekend? WOW! What a wild week it's been!

With such a fluctuation in temperatures, could this be a result of global warming?

Oh by the way, is it meteorological spring yet? Thanks!

Posted by: Yellowboy | March 5, 2009 6:36 AM | Report abuse

Yellowboy, meteorological spring began on March 1.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | March 5, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

here it is: my sculpture of a scene from a recent appropriations committee meeting. i call it "the senators".

this explains my pre and during storm mania, and why i said, "i don't shovel my driveway and sidewalk - i harvest."

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | March 5, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Wow, Walter, you did it again! LOVE the piggies!

Posted by: Etta- | March 5, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

thanks, etta. btw, this is bipartisan - they're ALL like pigs at a trough.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | March 5, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse


Very,very cool.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | March 5, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Walter - those sculptures are amazing.

Posted by: novajeffc | March 5, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

thanks! i wish i could post them during the flurry of activity here that accompanies a snow storm - so all the snow lovers would see it. the "problem" is it needs to be above freezing for me to actually work on it.

btw, jason, after the next storm i'd like it to be about 40 degrees and cloudy the day after the storm, followed by a looong cold snap. i realize i didn't put my order in before this storm, so i can't blame you for the upcoming meltdown...

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | March 5, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Death to Old Man Winter! If it is not snowing, he is fairly useless. Thus, bring on Spring and the warm weather! And maybe just maybe my 6 month old can shake the cold she has had since December....

Posted by: mjwies11 | March 5, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse


Though not likely, you may not have to wait until next winter for your wish to come true!

After a preview of spring for the next several days, there are indications, especially with the AO and NAO, that mid and late March will be more like winter than early spring.

More snow?????? Some of the models are hinting!

Posted by: AugustaJim | March 5, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Interesting snow sculptures, Walter.

Looks more like spring in the near-term. I'm not sure on the weather later in March. It could be leaning more towards cold wet rain rather than freezing precipitation.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 5, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Great stuff Walter. Have been enjoying your work for years now. At least when there is snow...

Posted by: pjdunn1 | March 5, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Yay! Can finally get those peas, lettuce and spinach seeds in the ground on Saturday.

Posted by: dixiechick1 | March 5, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Walter, DUDE, YOU ARE FRICKIN' AMAZING. I don't know what to say. I'm showing these pictures to everyone at work! Thanks for sharing.

Hey, maybe SnowMonsterDC and his pet alligator truck over some of the extra snow they noticed while they were seeing double the other night!

Posted by: Terp4Life2 | March 5, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Walter... was looking forward to that. As always, love the sculptures!

Posted by: SkywalkerSS | March 5, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

thanks guys! pray for more snow - i'll make another.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | March 5, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Already suffering with the allergies, thanks, so I'd just as soon it be warm! It's just insulting to be this miserable with snow on the ground. I need a really warm day to get the first round over with!

Posted by: dynagirl | March 5, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

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