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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 12/29/2010

Forecast: Wind is gone, warmer times ahead

By Dan Stillman

updated at 10 a.m.

Today's Daily Digit
 
A somewhat subjective rating of the
day's weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

 

Buh-bye wind. Won't miss you one bit. Still waiting for the really warm stuff late week.
 
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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly sunny, light winds. Mid-40s. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. 20s to near 30. | Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Sprinkle/flurry? Low 40s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Yesterday, CWG's Matt Rogers treated us to a piece of chilling trivia - the last time Reagan National topped (or reached) 50 degrees was the first day of December, when the high soared to 65. Interestingly, it may be the last day of the month (Friday) when we finally reach or surpass 50 again. Before that welcome warmth, we have ourselves a pair of days today and tomorrow with highs in the 40s. Still coolish, but with mercifully lighter winds than the past two days. Temperatures stay up through the first weekend of the new year, though a few showers are possible later Saturday and/or Sunday.

Snow Potential Index: 0 (→) - Too warm for snow this weekend, just rain if anything. Snow threat slim at least through early next week.

 
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Today (Wednesday): So long, wind. Don't let the high pressure hit ya on the way out. The low-pressure circulation associated with the big Northeast storm finally moves far enough to the northeast to leave us with light winds. Add in partly sunny skies and today's highs in the mid-40s feel pretty good. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Light winds and partly cloudy skies lead to a cold night (though not abnormally cold for late December) night before a stronger warming trend gets going. Lows range from the 20s in the suburbs to near 30 downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through New Year's weekend...

Tomorrow (Thursday): A mostly cloudy day keeps highs to the low 40s as winds stay light. We are watching to see whether a bit of upper-level energy moving through from the west has enough moisture to squeeze out a shower or flurry at some point. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow Night: Partly cloudy with lows as low as the mid-20s in the coolest suburbs to as high as the mid-30s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Temperatures trend even higher on Friday, the last day of 2010. Beneath partly sunny skies, highs rise at least to near 50, and potentially as high as about 55. For weather purists, it's a day too early for a January thaw. The rest of us say: Bring it on! Confidence: Medium-High

New Year's Eve (Friday night) provides a pretty nice night to be out and about, at least compared to what it could be. No precipitation worries as evening temperatures drop into the 40s on their way to relatively mild overnight lows near 40. Confidence: Medium

Good news! The warmer weather sticks around for New Year's weekend. Saturday highs should reach well into the 50s (outside shot at touching 60). Maybe a little cooler Sunday with highs from near 50 to the mid-50s. A cold front may bring some rain showers sometime between Saturday afternoon and midday Sunday. It's a little too early now to gauge how juicy the front will be, and thus too early to determine the chance of rain. Confidence: Low-Medium

By Dan Stillman  | December 29, 2010; 5:00 AM ET
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Comments

Posted by: BobMiller2 | December 29, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Yes!!!

Posted by: Akabang | December 29, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Since (in a normal winter) the snow likes to bypass DC, I say bring on the warm temps!

Posted by: Rcmorgan | December 29, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

The forecast could have us above 50 degrees at some point this weekend here in DC. Does this make you happy? grumpy?

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | December 29, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Camden - Count me in the "extremely happy" group.

OT: Heard on the news that Mayor Bloomberg has made a public plea for snowplow operators. I find it funny considering how often I hear that DC can't handle the snow like northern cities do. In reality, no Northeast city can handle a storm of that size.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | December 29, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

ThinkSpring - glad you and I can enjoy the mild air. And regarding the Northeast corridor handling snow.. I think all urban centers are too dense in the megalopolis to handle record snows (or anything over a foot, I would argue) with any grace or efficiency. The pictures I saw in the NY Times today were horrendous.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | December 29, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I'm gonna guess that this winter is gonna be a complete wash for us snow lovers, so it may as well be warm. I can't stand really cold weather with nothing to show for it.

Posted by: HappyArmyWife | December 29, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

"So long, wind. Don't let the high pressure hit ya on the way out."

Love it, Dan. Made me laugh out loud.

Posted by: scienceteacher3 | December 29, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Fifty degrees over the weekend sounds wonderful.
We can crack open a few windows & take down the holiday outdoor lights without being molested by biting winds & bitter cold.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | December 29, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

@scienceteacher3

Thanks!

@FIREDRAGON47

In fact, mid-50s or higher is within reach for Saturday. Even if we have some showers, the warmth is going to be a nice treat to start the new year.

-Dan, CWG

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | December 29, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Newsflash: This is not good news for the 20,000+ Caps fans heading to Pittsburgh for the Winter Classic on Saturday. Would be great to see a post about Pittsburgh's weather this weekend and likelihood of a change in this forecast, which is abysmal for outdoor hockey, and a toning down of the joy over rain and 50 degrees...

Posted by: eastporter | December 29, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

What a disappointing December. We are suffering through ANOTHER very dry month this year, which will likely end on Friday almost 2" below normal. In fact, National Airport will finish the year 4" to 5" below-normal.

This is not good news for those of us concerned about water tables and soil moisture.

Let's hope this warm spell will bring us some MUCH-NEEDED RAIN!!!!!

Posted by: TominMichiganParkDC | December 29, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

What a disappointing December. We are suffering through ANOTHER very dry month this year, which will likely end on Friday almost 2" below normal. In fact, National Airport will finish the year 4" to 5" below-normal.

This is not good news for those of us concerned about water tables and soil moisture.

Let's hope this warm spell will bring us some MUCH-NEEDED RAIN!!!!!

Posted by: TominMichiganParkDC | December 29, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

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