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Posted at 9:50 AM ET, 03/16/2010

Forecast: The return of the sun....

By Matt Rogers

An appetizer this afternoon, but a big serving tomorrow

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Updated: Tues. March 16 @ 11:30 a.m.

Today's Daily Digit
A somewhat subjective rating of the day's weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.
6Still a dreary drab morning, but sun will try to make a comeback later in the afternoon.
Get tomorrow's 'Digit' on Twitter tonight


Today: Mostly cloudy a.m. Partly to mostly sunny p.m. Mid-to-upper 50s. | Tonight: Mostly clear. 36-40. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Warmer. 58-62. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


Yes, when you look out the window this morning, you will probably question today's headline, but just be patient. The wet drudgery of the last several days is coming to a close with skies actually starting to clear some this afternoon. The chances of all-day sun soar tomorrow as our pesky low-pressure system finally goes far away. Daytime temperatures will return to normal and then above-normal levels as this week progresses. And I'm keeping that chance for 70 degrees with sun on Saturday. Yeah, we earned it.

Clouds: Latest mid-Atlantic infrared satellite loop, courtesy Unisys. Click here to expand. Refresh page to update. See more maps on our Weather Wall

Today (Tuesday): You'll awake to mostly cloudy skies this morning and possibly some drizzle. But partly to mostly skies should prevail this afternoon with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Light winds should be coming from the north and northeast. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Mostly clear and and cooling down tonight (will need to bundle up if you're out later at night) with lows in the mid-30s to around 40 (downtown). Light breezes. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Wednesday): High pressure takes control and sunny skies are expected. Highs will range from the upper 50s to low 60s. Just light winds again. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: Another clear night, but not as cool with temperatures ranging from the upper 30s to the middle 40s (warmest downtown). Confidence: High


Thursday and Friday are looking very nice at this time with mostly sunny skies and continued warming temperatures. High temperatures should be in the mid-to-upper 60s with lows primarily in the 40s. Winds should be variable or light from the southwest. Confidence: Medium-High

The weekend will start so much better than last weekend. Expect continued sunshine on Saturday with highs in the upper 60s to potentially low 70s. Lows Saturday night in the 40s. Confidence: Medium

While the models have been strong and consistent for a warm Saturday, our forecast confidence deteriorates some on Sunday due to the uncertain timing of an approaching cold front. Our best estimate right now is that clouds will arrive in the morning and then showers (maybe a thunderstorm?) in the afternoon and evening. Highs should still get to the 60s though. Confidence: Low-Medium

By Matt Rogers  | March 16, 2010; 9:50 AM ET
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Gray skies are gonna clear up,
Put on a happy face!
Brush off the clouds and cheer up,
Put on a happy face!

Posted by: wiredog | March 16, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Pick out a pleasant outlook
Stick out that nobel chin
Wipe off that full-of-doubt look
Slap on a happy grin!!!

Posted by: DelRayAlexandria | March 16, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Sun is coming! Good weather in our future. I've had enough of all this cloudy nonsense

Posted by: JJones-CapitalWeatherGang | March 16, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Got sun and blue sky in L'Enfant! At 10 of 11--nice not to have to wait until the afternoon!

Posted by: dstu | March 16, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Just in time for house guests! Tourist activities should be fun for them this week.

Posted by: Snowlover2 | March 16, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Today's a good sign spring is here. Rising sun burned through clouds quick. Chilly breeze, but quite beautiful out!

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | March 16, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Pollen's going to be a b*&%$ though.

Posted by: Snowlover2 | March 16, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Interesting altocumulus undulatus formations earlier this morning.

It's finally getting warm enough to hike the W&OD Trail late in the afternoon with the rain comes back Sunday. Can't rule out a thunderstorm as the front passes. I haven't been out on the trail since before the December has either been too rainy, snow-covered or too cold. Looks like more rain Sunday.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 16, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

FYI...Here's MetEireann's Ireland forecast for St. Patrick's Day, tomorrow:

Mild and dry with stiff southwesterly winds. Temperatures 11-15 Celsius [52-59 Fahrenheit]. Luck of the Irish.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 16, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Beautiful afternoon. Love it!

Posted by: ThinkSpring | March 16, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

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