D.C.-area forecast: Cooler but windy today, then sunnier and calmer tomorrow

WEATHER NEWS: D.C.-area forecast: Cooler but windy today, then sunnier and calmer tomorrow

Today (Friday): West-northwest winds could gust near 40 mph, especially during the afternoon, creating a wind chill several degrees below what’s on the thermometer. High temperatures are a bit below average behind the cold front, topping out mainly in the upper 50s with a few low 60s possible. Early morning showers should move out quickly, but clouds hang around much of the day, keeping us partly sunny at best. An afternoon sprinkle or quick shower is also possible. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Temperatures tumble as clouds and winds diminish. Winds may still gust near 30 mph early in the evening, though. Near dawn, clear skies and calm conditions (always an effective way to lose heat from the ground) may allow temperatures to fall into the low to mid-30s. Downtown and locations near large bodies of water should narrowly escape a frost or freeze. Bring inside any sensitive potted plants, just to be safe. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow (Saturday): Ahh, so much calmer. Light and variable breezes combine with much more sunshine to create a decent, crisp spring day. High temperatures should climb into the upper 50s to lower 60s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Any late-day clouds knocking on our door will probably continue to increase overnight. Showers become possible after midnight. Low to mid-40s are about the coldest low temperatures are able to get. Very light southerly breezes are helping to bring in milder, moister air. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday: Some wind returns as a small storm system passes to our north. West-northwest winds near 20 mph could gust above 30 mph a few times. Showers are also possible, especially during the morning. On balance, skies may end up partly sunny for the day and high temperatures could still manage to reach the upper 50s to low 60s. Stay tuned. Confidence: Medium

Sunday night: Skies should clear and breezes calm a good bit. Low temperatures may have a somewhat wide range in the region, from mid-30s to low 40s. Confidence: Medium

Skies should have decent sunshine levels on Monday, but clouds may increase as the day wears on. Any shower or sprinkle chance looks like it wants to wait until after dark, as it appears now. High temperatures get even closer toward average for this time of year, around 60 degrees to mid-60s. Winds should be nearly to fully calm. Confidence: Medium

Mostly cloudy skies on Tuesday may put down a few showers. There’s a slight chance of a quick thunderstorm as well, but not very likely. East-southeasterly breezes build a bit as the day wears on, keeping high temperatures a bit hard to pin down, but so far upper 60s to low 70s look possible. Confidence: Low-Medium

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