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A Welcome Warmup

Dan Stillman @ 8:50 AM

While yesterday's warmup into the mid 40s to near 50 was tempered by overcast skies, today's slightly higher temperatures will be enhanced by sunshine. We aren't likely to see the 60s or 70s that we saw during parts of December and January, but highs in the mid 40s to mid 50s through the weekend and beyond will feel a lot better than our recent string of 20s and 30s.

Pictured: Warmer temperatures over the next several days should melt away snow and ice, such as that found on Saturday around the Three Servicemen Statue at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. By photographer Kevin Ambrose.


Forecast Confidence: HighAiming for 50. A pleasant day on tap with partly to mostly sunny skies and highs in the low 50s. Tonight, partly cloudy with calm winds. Lows in the mid-to-upper 30s in town, low-to-mid 30s in the burbs.


Forecast Confidence: MediumContinued mild, Windy PM. A "clipper" low-pressure system passing to our north will mean partly cloudy skies and a chance of a sprinkle. Temperatures should climb once again to highs in the low 50s, but the most memorable feature of the day may be gusty afternoon and evening winds behind the clipper. Clearing, windy and colder overnight with lows 25-30.


Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighWindy, cooler. A brief blip in our overall warming trend, Friday will feature windy and cooler conditions. Despite lots of sunshine, it looks like highs will top out only in the low-to-mid 40s. Overnight, clear with slowly diminishing winds. Lows in the mid 20s in town, low 20s in the burbs.

The Weekend

Forecast Confidence: MediumSunny Saturday ... Stormy Sunday? Saturday is shaping up to be a great start to the weekend, with high pressure providing mostly sunny skies and highs in the upper 40s to near 50. Saturday night may bring increasing clouds, especially toward morning, with lows in the low-to-mid 30s in town, upper 20s in the burbs. Sunday, a storm system approaching from the west is likely to bring a lot of clouds and some rain to the area as highs reach the mid-to-upper 40s.

Downside to Warmup

The arrival of warmer temperatures isn't all good news. In fact, it's the perfect recipe for potholes, which form as water from melting snow and ice seeps into roads, freezes and expands. Meanwhile, the warmer weather likely means that one Washington-area resident will no longer be able to skate by with an easy commute.

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