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Posted at 3:00 PM ET, 01/10/2010

Forecast: Temperatures bottom out today

By Brian Jackson

Slow but steady warming into work week

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly sunny, chilly. 28-32. | Tonight: Clear and cold! 11-17. | Tomorrow: Slow warming begins. Increasing clouds. 33-37. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Temperatures will begin to climb this week but that means they've got to have somewhere to climb from. That's where today comes in. Highs will struggle to get out of the 20s before beginning a slow climb up to more seasonable readings by mid-week. Some flurries are possible tomorrow night, but other than that expect steadily improving weather this week.

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Today (Sunday): Lots more sun is the good news! The bad news is that our high temperatures for the day will likely be as low as we've seen for the past few days, topping out in the upper-20s to near freezing for most, about 5 degrees cooler than yesterday. One good thing is that the winds will begin to relent, though they'll still be noticeable, out of the north at 5-10 mph. Confidence: High

Tonight: In a word, chilly. Another bitterly cold night is on tap for the region. Clear skies mean temperatures will again dip well into the teens with the coldest areas north and west where more expansive snow cover persists. Winds will further diminish overnight, weakening to near calm by morning . Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through Wednesday....

Tomorrow (Monday): The heat wave begins today! Well, not really. But at least we'll warm up above freezing with highs in the mid-30s -- that's still below average though -- under partly cloudy skies, perhaps turing mostly cloudy by or during the afternoon. Winds will generally be from the west and light. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: Mostly cloudy skies keep us warmer, but bring the chance for some flurries or snow showers as a weak cold front passes by. Overnight lows will be in the low-to-mid 20s and winds will be light and variable, varying with the frontal passage. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Tuesday dawns with any lingering flurries or snow showers tapering off and skies clearing out once again. Temperatures continue the slow uphill climb, warming into the upper 30s. Expect another cool overnight period, with partly cloudy skies and lows near 20 degrees. Confidence: Medium-High

Wednesday should turn out to be fairly nice. Mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the low-to-mid 40s will be a welcome change to what we've seen in recent weeks. Confidence: Medium

By Brian Jackson  | January 10, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
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Comments

Current temp. in Burke: 20.5 with clear skies.

Oh no! It looks like there could be a big warm up after MLK weekend into the second half of January!

But don't worry, Joe Bastardi said that winter could return again in February. Whew!

Posted by: Yellowboy | January 10, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Looks like next weekend will be the next blockbuster snowstorm IF the gulf low can get drawn northeast. The storm will be there and a cold high over New England, but the other ingredient is some sort of phasing to bring the thing north.

Currently 13 here in Front Royal after a low of 5

Posted by: eric654 | January 10, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Please keep Monday night and Tuesday as just flurries--we've got a special election on Tuesday! Something told me that the "mostly sunny" forecast from last week for Tuesday wasn't going to last....

Posted by: jkuchen | January 10, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

@Yellowboy: ThinkSpring will enjoy what you are saying but I'm not too enthused...we still have half of meteorological winter to go.

There are hints at a MLK holiday "coastal", but the prelim extended relies primarily on ECMWF this morning...and ECMWF seems to be taking a run-of-the-mill system out to sea off the Carolinas next Monday the 18th.

DCRTV watch: No real weather-related news since Kim Martucci's departure from 9, but Fox5 is continuing to cut...don't know how it might affect Sue Palka's department, but their HR chief apparently resigned...interesting since Human Resources normally is last to go in any cutback. The big media news continues to involve the Washington Times' drastic cutback...not sure if it affected their weather page.

Hagerstown update: The Almanack predicted fair & very cold for the 8th and 9th...a HIT...for today and tomorrow, light snow is predicted...a probable MISS, though tomorrow night's "clipper" might drop a couple of flurries. BTW any snow tomorrow night should not impact the Chevy Chase ballroom dance, though Metro is probably doing some track work on the MD side of Friendship Heights. est of the work week, windy & cold according to the Almanack...could be a MISS due to our mini-thaw into the forties.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | January 10, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

"Yellowboy", any warm-up will obviously be relative. We average Highs in the lower-to-mid 40's(F) anyhow, so it should be expected. It's never out of the question to have a very warm day here or there as well, but I do believe that this will be a Winter with overall below average temperatures, and above average snowfall (In other words, a rather even and true season, much as our Fall was).

Posted by: TheAnalyst | January 10, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

@Bombo

You are correct, sir! I did enjoy Yellowboy's comments. Talk on other board that warm-up will really get goin' after MLK and continue thru end of Jan.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | January 10, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

My Mom in bradenton said it was frozen this morning

Posted by: pvogel88 | January 10, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

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