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Posted at 9:10 AM ET, 01/14/2010

Forecast: Dry and milder through Saturday

By Josh Larson

Then a cooler and likely rainy Sunday

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Today: Sunny and milder. Mid-40s. | Tonight: Mostly clear. 27-33. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly sunny. Near 50. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


With high pressure building over the area and cold air retreating, we can expect several days of milder temperatures, a good deal of sun, and dry conditions. In fact, it appears that both tomorrow and Saturday we have a shot at 50 or higher. Alas, a potent area of low pressure will approach from the south by Sunday; however, with cold air tucked safely away in Canada, count on primarily rain as opposed to ice or snow. And there could be quite a bit -- likely making Sunday a washout.

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Today (Thursday): We start the day off chilly, with temperatures near 20 in the cooler spots to the mid-20s downtown. However, with full sunshine expected, temperatures are likely to rise to the highest levels we've seen all month! Most everyone will make it into the mid-40s, though a couple spots may hit the upper 40s. Confidence: High

Tonight: We'll have mostly clear skies tonight, but with temperatures noticeably milder than of late. I'm thinking upper 20s across the 'burbs to near freezing downtown. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the milder forecast into early next week...

Tomorrow (Friday): We're likely to see a blend of clouds and sun on the last day of the work week; not quite as much sun as today but still plenty of it. And, high temperatures across the area should rise to around 50 degrees! For those who like to keep track of these sorts of things, the last time we reached 50 was Dec.r 15 of last year. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: While a weak cold front will slip through the region on Friday night, it will be moisture-starved; its only effects will be some increased cloudiness. Overnight lows will drop to the upper 20s in the typically cooler spots to near freezing downtown. Confidence: Medium


We squeeze in another nice day on Saturday, with a mix of clouds and sun and highs once again near 50. There may be some increasing clouds by the second half of the day ahead of our approaching storm system. Mostly cloudy on Saturday night, with overnight lows ranging from 30-35. Confidence: Medium

Get out your raincoats, umbrellas and galoshes, since Sunday is likely to be very wet. We'll have overcast skies with increasing winds and periods of moderate to heavy rain, perhaps accumulating an inch or more during the daylight hours. Highs near 40 should be too warm for snow except perhaps in the mountains. Rain may linger (50% chance) into a breezy Sunday night with lows in the mid-30s. Confidence: Medium

The forecast for Martin Luther King Jr. Monday depends on how quickly our storm system exits the area. We stand a 30% chance of morning showers, though I think we should be dry by the second half of the day. But a good deal of cloudiness is likely to linger. Highs will likely reach the low-to-mid 40s, with overnight lows in the upper 20s. Confidence: Low-Medium

By Josh Larson  | January 14, 2010; 9:10 AM ET
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19 early this morning in Darnestown, but it's gonna be a nice day; enjoy!

Posted by: curtmccormick | January 14, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Brrr...another cold morning; especially across the suburbs!

Posted by: Josh-CapitalWeatherGang | January 14, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

This is a bold forecast.

Posted by: spgass1 | January 14, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Someone broke the blog...

Posted by: wiredog | January 14, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Already 43 degrees at the DC Convention Center! thaw baby thaw.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 14, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Scratching my head as to why everyone is complaining about the "cold" winter. January has seen scant snow (yet again) and temps have only been running 5 degrees below normal. With the long range forecast for the remainder of the months running slightly to well above normal, January will probably end up slightly or moderately above normal, as it has for the last 7 years....

Posted by: prayforsnowDC | January 14, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

The lowest temp recorded in DC was 16 degrees this month. My old, old stomping grounds of Gainesville, FL recorded a low of 17 degrees and the state capital of Florida, Tallahassee, recorded a low of 14 degrees. Atlanta has been two degrees colder on average than Washington so far in January. It's not been that cold!!!

Posted by: prayforsnowDC | January 14, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

The reason everyone is complaining is that our normal winter pattern- at least until the very end is a few cold days, warm up, a few more cold days, warm up. We aren't used to prolonged bone chilling cold. So overall, the temps aren't that much lower than normal but the cold stretches are longer.

Posted by: kallieh | January 14, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

too warm! 52 degrees downtown. ugh! :) feels like a heatwave

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 14, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

The funny thing is, that while the monitoring stations nearest my location were recording temperatures of between 50-53 Deg. F., I was getting 42 Deg. F. at my residence (In Reston, VA). As of now, with the Sun having set, it's dipping back into the Upper 30's.

Posted by: TheAnalyst | January 14, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

One of my students today said, when we went out for recess, " smells like summer!" Hehe...once it gets above 50, they all want to take off their coats.

Posted by: dinergirl1 | January 14, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

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