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DC area forecast: Sunny and windy again today; colder Friday at the weekend


A somewhat subjective assessment of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

6/10: Wall-to-wall March sun, but also a strong breeze. Much like Tuesday, minus the morning clouds.

  • Today: Sunny and rather windy. Highs: Near 50s to low 50s.
  • This evening: Mostly clear, steady breeze. Lows: above 20 to below 30.
  • Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, light wind. Highlights: Low to mid-50s.

March is on average our windiest month in the DC area. The gusts of wind from yesterday and today should therefore come as no surprise. Tomorrow sunshine and seasonal temperatures will continue, but tomorrow it will feel a bit warmer with less wind. Friday night brings our next chance for rain, which may mix with a bit of sleet as we get colder into the weekend.

Today (Wednesday): Sunshine dominates again as morning temperatures climb into and through the 30s to near 40s. It’s a second day in a row with gale-force winds from the northwest, wind gusts near 30 mph, while afternoon highs top out around 50 to the low 50. But feel more like the upper 40s with the wind. Confidence: high

This evening: The wind begins to die down in the evening, but we still maintain a sustained breeze through the night, with the occasional sustained gust of nearly 20 mph. Temperatures cool to overnight lows in the upper 20s and low 30s under persistently clear skies. Confidence: high

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Tomorrow (Thursday): Mostly sunny skies and lighter winds, about 10 mph from the north with a few higher gusts, make for a fairly nice day in March. The highs should be low to the mid 50’s with just a slight wind chill. Confidence: high

Tomorrow evening: Towards evening the wind finally calms down more completely. We should see some increasing cloud cover in the evening and overnight as our next system approaches and lows settle in the low to mid 30s. Confidence: medium to high

Friday will start off mostly cloudy with a chance of showers from late morning to early afternoon as maximum temperatures don’t reach 40 until around 40. There are likely periods of rain from mid-afternoon to evening. Some sleet may occasionally get in the way, but it is unlikely to accumulate unless the storm shifts a little further south and allows colder air to seep in from the north. Rain chances decrease late Friday night, with overnight lows around 30 degrees. Confidence: Low-Medium

The weekend starts with a mostly cloudy, windy and chilly Saturday. Can’t rule out an isolated rain or snow shower during the morning hours, followed by afternoon highs in the mid to above 40s. Saturday night lows dip into the upper 20s to mid 30s as we move the clocks forward one hour. Sunday should see lighter winds as we have a slightly warmer trend, with highs in the upper 40s to low 50s under partly sunny skies. Confidence: Average

Another system could quickly move in Sunday night on Monday. It can also bring rain or a mix of rain and snow. And again, as of now, temperatures don’t seem cold enough for accumulation, but it’s a little too early to rule anything out completely. Confidence: low

A daily rating of the probability of at least an inch of snow in the next week, on a scale of 0 to 10.

1/10 (): Two chances of some snow and rain: late Friday and Sunday night on Monday. Temperatures don’t look cold enough to support accumulation, but aren’t ready to give up just yet.

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