Forecast: A colder, quiet day before Thanksgiving
Showers threaten at times Thursday-Friday
updated at 10:45 a.m.
Today: Mostly sunny, breezy a.m. Increasing p.m. clouds. Near 50 to low 50s. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers late. 30s to near 40. | Tomorrow: Cloudy with chance of showers. Near 50. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail
FORECAST IN DETAIL
For all the extreme weather affecting the West and into the Central U.S., conditions in the D.C. area will be about as quiet as can be for today - the big travel day before Thanksgiving. In fact, most everyone east of the Appalachians should stay mostly precipitation-free thanks to a large area of high pressure, though strong winds from New York to Maine may delay air travelers. Some showers may threaten for Thanksgiving Day itself here in the D.C. area and on Black Friday too, but neither look to be a washout.
Today (Wednesday): You'll feel the power of last night's cold front in the form of a much colder day today. Despite mostly sunny skies through early afternoon, highs only manage near 50 to the low 50s as clouds increase come afternoon. Morning breezes may gust a bit from the northwest before dying down by afternoon. Confidence: Medium-High
East Coast travel weather looks great except for those strong winds in the Northeast. The Midwest is a different story with storminess possible from eastern Oklahoma northeastward to southwestern Michigan and western Ohio, including places like St. Louis, Indianapolis and Chicago.
Tonight: The mostly cloudy skies are courtesy a warm front working its way in from the west. The front threatens some showers as well, mainly after 10 p.m. or so. Areas north and west of the Beltway may even seen some non-accumulating sleet mix in late tonight, with overnight lows in the 30s (suburbs) to as high as near 40 (downtown). Confidence: Medium
Keep reading for the forecast through the Thanksgiving weekend...
Tomorrow (Thanksgiving): Any of those areas north and west of the Beltway that see non-accumulating sleet overnight should change to all rain during the morning. In general, we'll be toward the southern edge of precipitation associated with a warm front to our north. It's hard to say whether the entire metro area sees occasional showers through the day, or whether the showers mainly strike northern portions of the area. Cloudy skies cap highs near 50. Confidence: Low-Medium
Tomorrow Night: Thanksgiving night shoppers may catch a break between shower chances, with the warm front moving away to the north and a cold front still well off to the west. A breeze from the south keeps the air mild for a late-November night - lows in the mid-40s to near 50. Confidence: Medium
It doesn't look like an all-day soaking rain. But some gusty showers are possible through much of the day on Friday as the cold front marches across the area from west to east. So you'll probably want to keep the umbrella close, as it could be dry on your way into a store but raining on your way out. Highs make the low-to-mid 50s or so, but likely drop quickly into and through the 40s late in the afternoon and toward evening as skies clear. Confidence: Low-Medium
Friday night is breezy and one of the chilliest nights of the season so far. Lows sink to the low 30s downtown and mid-to-upper 20s in the burbs. Confidence: Medium-High
Highs top out around 50 on both Saturday and Sunday. But Saturday's should be a less comfortable 50 with gusty breezes from the west and partly cloudy skies, compared to Sunday's light winds and mostly sunny skies. Saturday night lows bottom in the upper 20s to low 30s. Confidence: Medium
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