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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 11/ 2/2010

Forecast: More sweater weather

By Matt Rogers

Showers Wednesday night into Thursday.

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Today: Cold morning, cool day. Sunny. 51-55 | Tonight: Mostly clear and cold again. 30s. | Tomorrow: Increasing clouds. 53-58. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


With daytime temperatures around 8-10 degrees colder than normal yesterday, many of us went diving into our closets, trunks, and drawers in search of heavier clothing and especially those sweaters. Well, wherever you found them, you'll need them more in the days ahead as a cooler-than-normal pattern persists despite super-sunny skies. Clouds slowly return tomorrow before delivering showers on Wednesday night and Thursday. The upcoming weekend is looking sweater-weather cold too, but at least it should be dry.

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Today (Tuesday): Jack Frost - in the form of a big cool Canadian high pressure system - is currently visiting the area, triggering a freeze warning for the northwest DC suburbs and offering a frost advisory for the District to points south and east this morning. Solid sunshine dominates the daytime hours like yesterday (so no weather excuse not to vote!) with highs from the low-to-mid 50s. Light breezes come from the north and east at only 5-10 mph, but with the air so dry, they add to the wind chill effect at times. Confidence: High

Tonight: Mostly clear skies with the chance of some scattered clouds around. Lows again drop into the 30s and we could again see frost/freeze occurrences throughout our region. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Partly sunny skies in the first half of the day shift toward cloudier conditions by afternoon- especially toward evening. The winds also do some shifting and come from the southeast. This adjustment brings in slightly warmer air with highs expected to be in the mid-to-upper 50s (still below normal for the first week of November). Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow Night: Cloudy and milder with showers arriving in the area especially after midnight toward dawn (40% chance to get wet). Those clouds will prevent us from being as chilly. Low temperatures hold in the low-to-mid 40s. Confidence: Medium


Thursday qualifies as our dreariest day of the week with clouds and showers (60% likelihood) as low pressure moves north over the area. Temperatures could be tricky. The clouds, showers, and winds from the east should keep us in the 50s again, but if that low pressure passes slightly farther west, then we jump into the 60s for a bit during the afternoon. The best chance for warmer temperatures is toward the Chesapeake and over on the Delmarva. Showers continue especially Thursday evening with temperatures turning cooler late (upper 30s to around 40 for lows). Confidence: Low-Medium

Friday will find colder weather filtering back into the area. Cool breezes from the north, variable cloud cover, and even the chance of brief showers conclude the work week. Highs in the low-to-mid 50s should feel like 40s with sometimes gusty winds. Partly cloudy Friday night with lows in the 30s to around 40 again. Confidence: Medium

The first weekend of November promises cooler-than-normal weather and the opportunity for sunshine, especially by Sunday. Saturday seems like the more problematic day as Canadian cold air at the surface and upper levels could generate variable sky conditions as well as lock our temperatures down to highs mainly in the 40s (brrrrrr). Lows Saturday night should be in the 30s. By Sunday, more sunshine and a moderating air mass bring temperatures back up into the 50s again. And while some of you may be ready for winter (check our outlook on Thursday), it looks like we could see a return to warmer, sweater-free weather by next week Confidence: Low-Medium

By Matt Rogers  | November 2, 2010; 5:00 AM ET
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Sounds like another beautiful weekend that is still too cold for any water time. I don't usually expect to give up like this until December.

Posted by: --sg | November 2, 2010 6:10 AM | Report abuse

Don't give up yet. There is a chance we could see 70s for the weekend of the 13th.

Posted by: MattRogers1 | November 2, 2010 6:15 AM | Report abuse

No heat needed in my condo yet. 74 degrees inside- a benefit of being on the top floor in a condo. I think I get the benefits from my neighbor's heat below.

Posted by: Snowlover2 | November 2, 2010 7:09 AM | Report abuse

Had to turn on the heat last night. It was 59 so it would have been 57 or so this morning. I set it at 61. Gotta draw the line somewhere.

Posted by: eric654 | November 2, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Finally, a freeze in Jefferson County! And freezing fog near the rivers--very pretty. The field grasses are frosted white. It looks festive, almost like Christmas!

Posted by: tinkerbelle | November 2, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

This morning's lows: DCA-38, BWI 30, IAD 31

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | November 2, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Matt: 70s next weekend, really? Some of the blogs talk about unseasonably cold weather, especially the 13-155th. This is important to me because I and some friends are rescuing up to 8 cats (TNR) and need to determine if they can be kept on a balcony or indoors.

Posted by: estepc | November 2, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

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