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Posted at 3:45 PM ET, 03/ 7/2010

Forecast: Work week to start in fine fashion

By Brian Jackson

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Today: Blue skies and mild. 56-61. | Tonight: Mostly clear and chilly. 29-35. | Tomorrow: More sun and mild. 57-62. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


If you've been enjoying our breakout into the 50s, I've got plenty more for you. High pressure will continue to hold serve for the next several days spelling sunny skies and seasonal warmth for all of us. Even the mightiest of snow piles will have been significantly depleted by the end of this run. The second half of the week looks much wetter, but temperatures will remain mild. Could we make it a week straight in the 50s or higher?

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Today (Sunday): This weekend concludes beautifully today. Bluebird skies abound as high pressure continues to dominate the region. Temperatures continue to nudge northward as highs reach the upper 50s to near 60. Combine this with diminishing winds from the northwest and we'll certainly be thinking spring! Confidence: High

Tonight: As much as we continue to warm during the day, our nights will remain brisk. Mostly clear and dry skies will allow overnight lows to fall into the upper 20s in the suburbs to the low-to-mid 30s downtown. Expect winds from the west-northwest at 5-10 mph. Confidence: High

Keep reading to see how long this beautiful weather will stay with us....

Tomorrow (Monday): We'll start off a new work week with a copy-cat day of our Sunday. Once again sunny skies will push us from a chilly start up to highs approaching 60 degrees. Winds from the west will blow at 5-15 mph. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: We'll stay clear and quiet but with light winds. Temperatures won't be quite as chilly as tonight. Overnight lows should range from the low-to-mid 30s in the suburbs, to the mid-to-upper 30s downtown. Confidence: High


This is why nobody ever chases high-pressure systems: nothing changes! Tuesday once again sees mostly sunny skies. It looks like the day will offer a good chance to make it to near 60 despite a few more afternoon clouds, as the air mass warms ahead of the next low-pressure system. Overnight, clouds begin to build towards morning as that low works its way closer to the area. Lows in the low 40s. Confidence: Medium-High

Wednesday it all comes crashing down. Well, not really, but the pristine skies and warming sun will be but a memory. We may see some patchy sun early but skies should cloud over throughout the day. During the evening, we may see some showers begin to move in from the west. Highs will likely stay in the 50s on the strength of flow from the south. Confidence: Medium-High

By Brian Jackson  | March 7, 2010; 3:45 PM ET
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Posted by: jcmcgrath1969 | March 7, 2010 6:19 AM | Report abuse

i'd love to snow on your glorious springtime parade. so, in that spirit, i'm wondering if the model-watchers have anything to say about that march 16-17 potentially leprechaun-producing snow?

is that gone? is it still "out there"?

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | March 7, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse


Looks like a relatively warm pattern for the next week. After that it may get a little cooler, but the signal is not strong. While there's a chance we could see some more flakes this winter, I would just assume we won't and then be pleasantly surprised if something comes together.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | March 7, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Pollen! it grows. While I love the 52F already downtown today, it only got to 38 last night. I am secretly hoping for one last freeze to tame the trees a bit. :-)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | March 7, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

It's Spring. YAAAAY. I am so happy, I don't even mind the pollen.

Posted by: epjd | March 7, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Just finished spring-cleaning the grill! Gonna fire it up tonight. Was nice being able to get outside and tend to things not inside the house. Took great joy in smashing what few snowpiles existed and scattering its "remains" into the sun. :)

Posted by: ThinkSpring | March 7, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Silver maples seem to be pollinating already...some crocus, snowdrops and the first daffodils are coming out. Elms are ready to go.

Late-week rain still a threat but temps seem to be more fifties than forties...heavier rain could be to our southwest. Bad timing has it dragging into Saturday, with another spell of raw northerly wind on Sunday for first day of DST.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 7, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

You don't see this until the first day that the temperature goes above 50. People walking around, running, kids playing in parks, name it. What do these wuss's do all winter?

Posted by: MKadyman | March 7, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Agree. I run outside all winter and today was like I was on an obstacle course. As much as I like snow and even enjoy running in it I must say today was nice.

Posted by: marathoner | March 7, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Boring weather for the next 8 months. Sigh. Maybe we'll at least get a thunderstorm or two.

Posted by: maymay1 | March 7, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

No snow = no glow.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | March 7, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

accuweather was almost in tears having to admit the weather would be nice, they emphasized "for now"

I'm sure Joe B's on a mission to find some ripple of air he can hype into a major storm

Posted by: TGT11 | March 7, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

maymay1, you said,
"Maybe we'll at least get a thunderstorm or two."

it would be totally irresponsible to "root for" thunderstorms, or ANY interesting spring/summer/fall weather at all, because that kind of thing will be deadly, costly, or inconvenient for people, right, thinkspring?

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | March 7, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

No mas snow? :-(
I saw a mosquito last night. (whimpering)
Please give me snow instead of mosquitoes! They did chew up my legs pretty bad last summer... my husband called me a leper.


Posted by: SanDieganLostinDC | March 7, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Walter - That was a dead-on impression :)

Posted by: McBee | March 7, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | March 7, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

@Camden, it went down to 28(F) out here in Reston, VA last night! I think the pollen is already starting to affect me though, because I've been suffering from a headache all day (It's one of many reasons for why I love Winter, and despise the warmer months around here).

Posted by: TheAnalyst | March 7, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

i'm all for spring weather in the spring, summer weather in the summer etc.... so, let's have one more snow prior to march 21....

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | March 7, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

TheAnalyst - you must be getting a pollen plume from the District!...where we haven't been below freezing since the snow melted! ugh :)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | March 8, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

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