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Posted at 4:00 PM ET, 03/20/2010

Forecast: A splendid first weekend of spring

By Jason Samenow

Next chance of showers Sunday night

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Today's Daily Digit
A somewhat subjective rating of the day's weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.
10Sunny and spectacular 70s for spring's first day.
Get tomorrow's 'Digit' on Twitter tonight


Today: Mostly sunny and warm. 70-75. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. 45-50. | Tomorrow: Partial sunshine, chance of late day sprinkle/shower. Near 70 or low 70s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


Spring officially arrives today at 1:32 p.m. and what a day and what a weekend to welcome it. For the 16th straight day, temperatures will be above average -- but unlike last Saturday when we were socked in with clouds and rain, today we'll bask in sunshine. Though sunshine will be less dominant tomorrow, we're still looking at much-above-average warmth. Rain is likely Monday, but that's a small price to pay for this glorious weekend.

Today (Saturday): After several days of beautiful weather like this, we're running out of superlatives to describe these days. Much like yesterday, expect mostly sunny skies as temperatures climb into the low and even mid-70s. Allergy sufferers, the pollen count will be medium to high, so have the antihistamines handy. Winds will be from the west and light, at around 5-10 mph. Confidence: High

Tonight: We may have a few clouds around which will make it a little milder than previous nights. Lows will range from near 50 downtown to the mid-40s in the cooler suburbs. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through early next week...

Tomorrow (Sunday): We'll have our fifth straight day meeting "nice day" criteria as conditions will remain mild and at least partly sunny. Clouds will probably become more prevalent in the afternoon. By early evening somebody could see a sprinkle or light shower (20% chance), but most spots will be dry with highs near 70 or into the low 70s. Winds will be from the south and light at around 5 to 10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Rain showers are likely (60% chance) to develop after midnight. Temperatures will be mild with lows in the low 50s. Confidence: Medium-High


Periods of rain are a strong possibility on Monday with even a chance of some embedded thundershowers as an energetic area of low pressure swings through the area. Highs will be in the low 60s. Showers may continue Monday night but should become more scattered and intermittent, with lows in the 40s. Confidence: Medium-High

The area of low pressure will be a little sluggish in pulling away Tuesday so considerable cloud cover should stick around. Rain chances should be mainly in the early morning (40-50% chance) though an isolated shower is possible in the afternoon (30% chance). It will be cooler, with highs in the 50s. Confidence: Medium

By Jason Samenow  | March 20, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
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Oooh, this was posted in THE FUTURE!

Posted by: megamuphen | March 20, 2010 4:31 AM | Report abuse

Sterling omitted the forecast for Monday/Tuesday from their long-range discussion this morning...BAD...because that's when most of the real weather is supposed to happen! There's no discussion of rain/thunderstorm risk in this morning's post.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 20, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely gorgeous outside!!!

Posted by: steske | March 20, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Yikes, I just found a very high UV reading of "8" in Fredericksburg.
Put on that sunscreen if in direct sunlight between now & 4pm today!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | March 20, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Every day for the rest of the year needs to be like today

Posted by: Bious | March 20, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Bious, I agree! I was working all day, but dashed outside for quick breaks as often as I could. Perfect, perfect day.

Posted by: natsncats | March 20, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

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