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Posted at 9:10 AM ET, 03/18/2009

Forecast: Warmth is Back After a Week's Wait

By Dan Stillman

Nice today after morning fog; light showers tomorrow

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Morning fog, then partly to mostly sunny. Upper 60s. | Tonight: Increasing clouds. Shower chance toward morning. Upper 40s to near 50. | Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. On-and-off light showers. Upper 50s. | A Look Ahead

FORECAST IN DETAIL

A week ago today, when March 11th highs were on their way to near 70, we warned it could be "at least a week" until we saw highs near 70 again. Indeed, the thermometer has barely cracked 50 ever since -- that is until today. Finally, afternoon highs should soar to the upper 60s today. The welcome warmth only lasts for a day. But after clouds and light showers tomorrow, Friday and the weekend don't look half-bad.

Today (Wednesday): Clouds held strong most of yesterday, but that won't be the case today. After morning fog, partly to mostly sunny skies, a light breeze from the south, and afternoon highs in the upper 60s will produce what is likely to be the nicest weather day of the week. Confidence: High

Tonight: Increasing clouds with a chance of a shower toward morning. Low temperatures won't go too low -- in the upper 40s to near 50. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Thursday): With a cold front passing through, we'll likely see some on-and-off light showers, especially in the afternoon and evening, which combined with mostly cloudy skies should limit highs to the upper 50s. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow Night: Occasional light showers may stick around into the evening, especially for areas south and southeast of D.C. Then, clearing skies and breezy overnight with lows in the 30s. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Friday is gonna be one of those days that looks a lot nicer from the inside than it actually feels on the outside: Skies should be partly to mostly sunny, but highs only around 45-50 and a bit of a breeze from the north will feel quite cool. Confidence: Medium

I'm optimistic this weekend will be much nicer than the last. While not super warm, Saturday afternoon highs in the 50s should feel pretty good under mostly sunny skies. Sunday highs in the 60s, under partly to mostly sunny skies, should feel even better. Nighttime lows are still on the chilly side -- low-to-mid 30s expected for Saturday night. Confidence: Medium

By Dan Stillman  | March 18, 2009; 9:10 AM ET
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Comments

Looks like fog is going to hang in pretty tough 'til around 11 a.m. or so.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | March 18, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Incredible fog out in the Manassas VA battlefield park area this morning. I now understand the phrase "so thick you could cut it with a knife". Visibility of less than 100 yards. Looks to be burning off really fast now.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | March 18, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Just how gusty are Friday's winds supposed to be? I'm flying out of Leesburg for Jersey, and am a little concerned with gusts following that cold front.

Posted by: chris_soule | March 18, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

@chris_soule

Actually, Friday doesn't look all that gusty. Maybe occasional gusts to near 25 mph.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | March 18, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Clouds/fog quickly burning off, should be mostly clear soon.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | March 18, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Boy this dreary "boring forties" crud has been hanging on...I think it has been almost a week now...when will we see the warmer weather we've been promised???

Precipitation still looks like one tenth to a quarter inch tomorrow. Sterling is minimizing any chance of thunder, due to stability.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 18, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

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