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Posted at 9:30 AM ET, 03/17/2010

Forecast: Several days of spectacular weather

By Dan Stillman

Next chance of rain not until Sunday

* Daylight Saving | Snow demise | Winter: Cold here, toasty elsewhere *
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Today's Daily Digit
A somewhat subjective rating of the day's weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.
8A full day of sun and highs in the 60s. And it only gets better from here!
Get tomorrow's 'Digit' on Twitter tonight


Today: Mostly sunny. Mid-60s. | Tonight: Mostly clear. Mid-30s to mid-40s. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Upper 60s to near 70. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


It's been a long, snowy and consistently cold winter. So who can blame us for being downright giddy about the forecast over the next several days, which features abundant sun and the chance to reach 70 for the first time since Nov. 16 (at Reagan National Airport). With an extra hour of daylight to enjoy, the timing couldn't be more perfect. Really, the only blemish on the forecast through the weekend is Sunday's increasing clouds and uncertain chance of showers.

Today (Wednesday): Cloudy skies got yesterday off to an imperfect start before the sun broke through. Not so today -- mostly sunny skies from start to finish along with light winds will make for a fantastic mid-March day. From early-morning lows in the mid-30s to low 40s, temperatures rise steadily to afternoon highs in the mid-60s. Confidence: High

Tonight: Clear and cool with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s in the cooler suburbs to the low-to-mid 40s downtown. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the mostly fabulous forecast through the weekend....

Tomorrow (Thursday): Even better than today. Skies stay mostly sunny and temperatures soar to highs in the upper 60s to near 70. Winds should be around 5-10 mph from the northwest and west. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: Skies should be mostly to partly clear (a few clouds associated with a front well to the north may try to work their way south into the area) with lows in the 40s. Confidence: Medium-High


Friday and Saturday look just fantastic with mostly sunny skies and highs within a few degrees of 70. Friday night and Saturday night lows drop down into the 40s to near 50. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday is somewhat of a question mark for now as an approaching cold front threatens clouds and a chance of showers. Right now the timing looks to be increasing clouds during the morning or afternoon as highs reach near 70 again, with a chance of showers (maybe thunderstorms, too) in the afternoon or evening. But that timing is subject to change, so if you have outdoor plans for Sunday check back with us over the next few days. Confidence: Low-Medium

By Dan Stillman  | March 17, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
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Gotta love this upcoming stretch. I, for one, am so ready for it...

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | March 17, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

@Jason CWG -- ME TOO! I might even break with my tradition and allow myself to think Spring is here even before we get through March. I had a neighbor that used to plant on St. Patrick's Day, a lot of years he got away with it....

Posted by: erbele | March 17, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

My dog will be happier than anyone. He doesn't get such long walks when it's cold/rainy.

Posted by: Langway4Eva | March 17, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

I was surprised at how the temp really crashed last night. We had frost in Centreville VA this morning.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | March 17, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Pagan sacrifices and prayers put an end to snow. We are deeply sorry that we had to sacrifice a couple of snow lovers to the harvest gods but something had to be done.
Shame one snow lover from Falls Church eluded us. Gaelic traditions never die.

My suggestion to snow lovers is to wear your pjs inside out starting this evening
and flush several dozen trays of ice cubes
down the toilet every day until next winter ends.

Have some fields that need to dry out so they can be planted for organic hay.

Need to have the dogs sort ewes and lambs so I can begin the grading process on the lambs for their ultimate fate. Also need to update records and make sure the bad mothers are either culled or become working trial sheep. Mothers who reject their lambs do not get a second chance. We don't bottle feed. I have friends who took
a few lambs to bottle feed. They will not return since experience has shown bad mothers breed bad mothers.

Posted by: sheepherder | March 17, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Loving it! Hoping the showers/rain hold off for Monday, especially at the beach as I may drag the trailer down to Assateague Friday and come back Monday. NWS forecast shows better weather now for Sunday with the showers (at the beach) holding off til Monday. I will be curious to see how the forecast for the Metro area holds up over the weekend.

Posted by: soyboy99 | March 17, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse


For so much of this winter, while high temps have often been below average, we've avoided really cold nights thanks mostly to persistent breezes keeping the nighttime atmosphere well mixed. Last night, however, was conducive to maximum cooling thanks to light-to-calm winds and mostly clear skies. -Dan, CWG

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | March 17, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

CWG - is it likely I'll be scraping ice from my Centreville VA windshield again tomorrow morning?

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | March 17, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

The next thunderstorm is possibly due late Sunday, as Sterling is mentioning the possibility of elevated CAPE [Convective Available Potential Energy] with the cold frontal passage.

We can still get some frozen precipitation, in the form of hail, during the spring/summer months.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 17, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

FIREDRAGON47 - it is slightly possible for more frost outside the Beltway tonight. Pretty spectacular since, wow, downtown only got to 44F last night! As long as there are calm winds and dewpoints below 33, frost is a possibility!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | March 17, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse


May be some moisture on the windshield again tomorrow morning, but probably a few degrees too warm for it to ice up.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | March 17, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I am watching a huge mound of snow along I-66 E at the West Falls Church Metro/ Rte 7 ramp. When THAT finally melts, I will officially begin celebrating spring. :-)

Not that I mind the current conditions, mind you. (However this morning was shockingly cold when I stepped out the front door).

Kim in Manassas

Posted by: ksrgatorfn1 | March 17, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

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