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The Next Five Days

Josh Larson @ 1:40 AM

Today's Weather:
Weather today will be similar to yesterday's weather, though winds will be noticeably lighter. Wednesday's high was 36° at National, and I expect temperatures will be some 2-6 degrees milder today, in the upper 30's to the low 40's in most locations. Expect mostly sunny skies in the morning, though clouds may be on the increase during the second half of the day. It will be chilly once again tonight, with lows in the upper 20's to low 30's.

March so far:
The average high for the first nine days of March so far this month has been a very chilly 43° -- and that's despite two days in the 50's, and one at 70°! Look at how the first nine days of March stack up, in terms of average high temperature, since 2000:

March 1-9, 2005: 43°
March 1-9, 2004: 64°
March 1-9, 2003: 50°
March 1-9, 2002: 58°
March 1-9, 2001: 49°
March 1-9, 2000: 66°
Average: 52°

Next five days:
Unfortunately, we're going to have to suffer for probably another week with colder than normal temperatures. However, our snow "threat," at least over the next 5 days, seems to be quite minimal -- as the team has been suggesting now for several days. It is clear that a wave of low pressure diving South from the Great Lakes will likely spark another coastal storm Friday into Saturday, but the generation of a secondary area of low pressure will happen too late, and too far to our North and East to bring significant precipitation, of any type, to the DC Metro area.

I expect for only about a tenth of an inch of precipitation to fall from early Friday morning through early Saturday morning over the region. While it may start as a brief burst of snow Friday morning, with at most a dusting of accumulation, expect temperatures to make it to near 50° by Friday afternoon, with any snow changing to scattered, light rain showers. The light rain or drizzle may end, too, as a brief burst of snow Saturday morning, but, once again no accumulation is expected.

After today's highs near 40°, noticeably milder air will bring temperatures to near 50° on Friday, though it will feel cooler due to the low clouds and possible occasional light rain or drizzle. Cooling down once again for the weekend and the start of next week, with highs Saturday through Monday for the most part in the 40-45° range, with cold overnight lows in the mid to upper 20's. Unfortunately, expect more clouds than sun Saturday and Sunday, though more sunshine will probably return for Monday.

Pictured: Flowers wait for warmer temperatures to blossom (Oakton, VA.) By photographer Kevin Ambrose.

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