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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 03/ 5/2009

PM Update: Cold Departs While Warmth Blows In

By Ian Livingston

Temperatures continue climbing Friday

* Bob Ryan on Climate Change | Snowstorm Comments: Best of... *

Another day of wall-to-wall sunshine helped to melt off more of our quickly dwindling snowpack. Highs are now reaching the upper 40s and low 50s as a south wind begins blowing a warmer temperature regime into the area. Today is as cold as it gets for the next few -- could this weekend present an opportunity to break out shorts and short-sleeve shirts?

The Senators
Snow sculpture titled "The Senators," by CWG visitor walter-in-fallschurch. To see other snow sculptures, visit his flickr photostream.

Tonight: We will see clouds increase overnight and help to cap temperature falls. Look for lows around 40 downtown ranging to near-freezing in the coldest suburbs. Winds may pick up a bit, blowing around 10 mph from the south.

Tomorrow (Friday): What a difference a few days makes this work week. We started with snow and highs in the 20s, and end with temperatures rising to near 60. Clouds look to stick around into at least the early part of the day, so I'll call it mostly cloudy but with periods of partly sunny, especially in the afternoon. Southwest breezes will blow around 10-15 mph.

See Josh Larson's full forecast through the warm weekend.

Temperature Swings: Josh noted this morning that the first 4 days of March ran about 15 degrees below normal. Tuesday was the coldest with readings at National running 20 degrees below normal, thanks to a low of 14 and a high of 29. Those temperatures would be about 10-12 degrees below normal, even in the heart of our typically coldest period of winter, in mid-January.

Today's numbers look to be just a bit below normal because of chilly morning lows. Looking to this weekend, we have a good chance at seeing the opposite of earlier in the week -- temperatures near 20 degrees above normal. And as we head into next week, much colder air may again be on the doorstep. March is typically volatile temperature-wise, but this is a little intense!

By Ian Livingston  | March 5, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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Yay warm weather!

Posted by: bastings | March 5, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Current temp. in Burke: 47.1 with clear sunny skies!

I actually wouldn't mind more cold and snow. Astronomical spring hasn't started yet! (It begins on March 20)

But, I wouldn't mind 70 degree weather either.

March is full of surprises!

Posted by: Yellowboy | March 5, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Looking forward to a fantastic weekend.. However, weather channel calling for 60% chance of snow showers the following weekend!!

Even is we don't get the snow, looks like the cold will be back..

Posted by: ZmanVA | March 5, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Looks interesting ZmanVA. I hope it does snow next week.

Henry Margusity said that there could be gusty thunderstorms on Wednesday next week in his video:

Posted by: Yellowboy | March 5, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

@walter-in-fallschurch -

Those snow sculptures are amazing!!

Posted by: Ann-CapitalWeatherGang | March 5, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

cold is good. Snow sculptures are also very good!

Posted by: manassasmissy | March 5, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Fantastic sculptures! No wonder walter was so worked up as the storm approached...genius was brewing.

Posted by: --sg | March 5, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

walter-in-fallschurch... I expect a YouTube snow sculpting tutorial when the next storm rolls around! I'm sure your work is a neighborhood pleaser!

Posted by: HistoryTchr | March 5, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

thanks for the compliments. we live practically across the street from an elementary school. it's quite a scene on sculpture days.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | March 5, 2009 11:58 PM | Report abuse

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