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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 11/ 6/2010

Forecast: Noticeably cool with a side of clouds

By Ian Livingston

Warmer than normal conditions on the horizon

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originally posted at 5 a.m., updated at 10:30 a.m.

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day's weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.


A good deal of clouds, and chilly breezes persist. The Saturday factor bumps us one from Friday!
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Today: Variable clouds and breezy. Near 50. | Tonight: Clear and cold. 28-35. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, still cool. 50-55. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


Chilly breezes aside, we're staring down our 5th weekend in a row with pretty benign weather -- it hasn't rained during the weekend since October 3. Of course, this one is much cooler than any of the previous, but we can only battle the calendar so long. While daytime temperatures today through tomorrow are more reminiscent of early December, there is warmer air around the bend for those hoping for another taste.

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Today (Saturday): Quite like Friday, but temperatures end up a little cooler. Look for partly cloudy skies with some potential sunnier breaks, mainly early and late. Highs should reach the upper 40s and lower 50s. Winds continue to blow from the northwest around 10 mph with higher gusts. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Standard time returns -- set clocks back 1 hour before bed. The upper-level low pressure responsible for the clouds starts to depart northeast. This means mainly clear skies after dark and cold temperatures overnight. Lows fall to the upper 20s in the chilliest suburbs to the mid-30s downtown. Some spots that have not seen a freeze may tonight. Enjoy the extra hour of sleep (or nightlife)! Confidence: High

Keep reading for the gradually warming forecast into early next week...

Orange leaves in Rock Creek Park on Wednesday. Photo by author.

Tomorrow (Sunday): This is a pretty decent end to the weekend as high pressure starts to exert some control over the region. Even with plenty of sunshine, temperatures will be slow to respond, so highs in the low-and-mid 50s are still a bit below average. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Mostly clear and cold. Places that have seen one freeze or more by this point probably flirt with another, while the city and southeast stays a bit milder. Lows are maybe a degree or two warmer than Saturday night. Near 30 to the mid-30s should do it. Confidence: Medium-High


Temperatures are on their way up Monday and Tuesday, and it should be very sunny as well. We head for highs in the upper 50s Monday and probably into the low-and-mid 60s on Tuesday. After that, looks like at least a few more days of above normal temperatures. Confidence: Medium-High

By Ian Livingston  | November 6, 2010; 5:00 AM ET
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Before having kids I loved "Fall Back" and hated "Spring Forward". Now I find myself in the reverse position. After "Fall Back" I have a week of the kids up at 5am instead of 6am and in the Spring I have a week of then sleeping in an extra hour!

Posted by: cqjudge | November 6, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Is western Maryland getting any snow today?

Posted by: hawknt | November 6, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

There has been some snow in western MD and WV, VA last night/today. I see Davis in WV reported almost 4" this morning.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | November 6, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Really cold weather isn't due soon. Northwoods update shows Eau Claire expected to hit 60 and Rhinelander 53 on Monday with no subfreezing highs in near future. Deer hunters might not get tracking snow for the firearm season which starts a week or so before Thanksgiving.

Tom Skilling has been a bit iffy on his cold predictions. Another cold air mass may hit Chicago next weekend but might only linger a few days.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | November 6, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me or is anyone else wondering what happened to fall? It feels like we went from summer straight to winter. I'm not used to this cold weather yet!

Posted by: BruinGirl2001 | November 6, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

I notice freeze warnings up for most of the coastal South, from Alabama all the way up to the Eastern Shore of MD. But not for DC - is that because the growing season ended on 11/1 here?

Posted by: dickinyobooty69 | November 6, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Went up to West Virginia today to hunt for some SNOW and I did see three flurries about 40 minutes from Garrett County, MD. A nice ride through the rural countryside.

Posted by: greg2010 | November 6, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

I can't find this online anywhere, so I'll ask it here - what's the average first date of snow in DC?

Posted by: josh28 | November 6, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse


The average date of the first 0.1" of snow in DC between 1971-2000 was Dec 10. The average date of the first 1" of snow was Jan 5.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | November 7, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

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