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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 03/21/2009

Forecast: Spring Time Sunshine

By Jason Samenow

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly to mostly sunny. 50-55. | Tonight: Clear. 31-36. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny. 60-64. | A Look Ahead

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Our weekend weather continues to alternate between sunny and mild and cloudy and cold. This weekend we enjoy the former -- a nice reward after last weekend's gloominess (not to mention the cold and snow two weekends before that). While we'll surely enjoy the sunshine, what we really need is a soaking rain and there remains no sign of one.

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Today (Saturday): Winter-like cold will greet the early risers with the entire region at or below freezing. A healthy dose of sunshine will warm it up through the 30s and 40s by noon. During the afternoon, temperatures should max out in the low 50s as the sunshine is filtered by some high clouds. While it will be warmer than yesterday -- on balance it will be on the chilly side...so the spring-like sunshine may be somewhat deficient in offering spring-like warmth. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: With high pressure overhead, skies should be mostly clear and there should be little wind. Temperatures will drop steadily in response, with lows from 30 in the colder suburbs to the mid-30s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Sunday): After another chilly start, temperatures will again recover nicely...reaching levels milder than yesterday. Afternoon highs should reach the low 60s under partly cloudy skies while accompanied by a light breeze from the west at 5-10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: A backdoor cold front will pass through the region from the north. The front will bring a few clouds but no precipitation. Overnight lows will drop into the mid-to-upper 30s. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Behind Sunday night's cold front, winds will shift around to out of the northeast, which will result in slightly cooler conditions on Monday. Highs should reach the mid-50s under a mix of clouds and sun. Confidence: Medium-High

Flow from the east (off the ocean) on Tuesday will keep temperatures in check, with highs in the low 50s despite some sunshine. Confidence: Medium

By Jason Samenow  | March 21, 2009; 5:00 AM ET
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Comments

45 degrees in NW DC at 11:30 a.m.... brisk, but the sunshine is nice.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | March 21, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

I personally believe that models are way underestimating the amount of cold air that will filter into the region from the north Monday and Tuesday. Quite frankly, I think temperatures will be 10+ degrees colder than those forecast by the models, NWS, etc. I don't see it getting out of the 40s on Monday and could *conceivably* see it not making it out of the low 40s!!! My two cents...

Posted by: Josh-CapitalWeatherGang | March 21, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

On the other hand, significant precipitation doesn't look too likely before next weekend, and certainly not for the next three days. Projected frontal alignments for next Thursday and Friday are not that promising. There could be a few light showers either day.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 21, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Josh -
Not happy w/ your two cents. I want 70, sunny, light breeze. See what you can do, okay?

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | March 21, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

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