Forecast: The warm-up we've been waiting for
Storm could disrupt second half of MLK weekend
FORECAST IN DETAIL
It won't be terribly impressive today. By tomorrow and especially Friday and Saturday, however, our January thaw will be in full gear. Granted, we won't be seeing the 60s and 70s brought by some January thaws (for example, D.C.'s record high for today is 75, set in 1932). But given the longevity of our cold snap, I imagine many will welcome highs in the 40s to near 50 with open arms. The chance to defrost lasts into Saturday, before a storm threatens some sort of precipitation Sunday into early Monday.
Today (Wednesday): Winds won't be too strong (around 10 mph) and the change in their direction may not sound so significant -- shifting from out of the northwest yesterday to out of the west today. But the warmer direction means that we're finally starting to emerge from this stubborn stretch of cold. The recovery begins today with partly sunny skies helping highs to the upper 30s to near 40. Confidence: Medium-High
Tonight: Despite today's slightly warmer afternoon highs, mostly clear skies and light winds will still allow temperatures to drop considerably tonight, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s, maybe some upper teens in outlying spots. Confidence: High
Keep reading for the forecast through the holiday weekend...
Tomorrow (Thursday): Temperatures finally get back to around or just above average, with highs likely in the mid-40s for the first time since Jan. 1. Mostly sunny skies will make the warm-up feel all the much better. Confidence: High
Tomorrow Night: Partly to mostly clear and noticeably warmer than recent nights with lows in the mid-20s to low 30s. Confidence: High
Give it up for Mother Nature everybody... Friday and Saturday should be partly to mostly sunny with highs shooting for the upper 40s to low 50s. Not exactly spring fever, but comfortable enough. Friday night and Saturday night lows settle in the not-too-chilly upper 20s (coolest suburbs) to low-to-mid 30s (downtown). Confidence: Medium-High
A storm could come up from the south and bring a good deal of precipitation to the area Sunday into early Monday. Computer models have been all over the place in terms of storm track and thus precipitation type, though the latest data has trended toward a rainier scenario as opposed to snow or ice. Highs could be anywhere from the mid-30s to the mid-40s depending on what the storm does. Confidence: Low
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