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D.C.-area forecast: Sun-filled skies through Saturday; another big storm late Sunday

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

7/10: A seasonably cool day with plenty of sun in play.

  • Today: Mainly sunny, minimal breeze. Highs: 41-46.
  • Tonight: Clear and calm. Lows: 21-29.
  • Tomorrow: Sunny with light breezes. Highs: 51-56.

After one chilly day today, it is back to mild and sunny through Saturday. We are facing yet another major storm Sunday, probably arriving late day. Gusty winds and heavy rain should impact the entire area into Monday.

Today (Thursday): Other than a few streamers of high clouds, today is sun-filled. Winds from the west are barely noticeable. Strong high pressure holds highs in the low to mid-40s for a fairly typical and chilly December day. Confidence: High

Tonight: Clear skies and nearly calm winds allow temperatures to drop steadily through the night. Lows range through the 20s. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Friday): Sunshine dominates with just a light wind from the west. High pressure remains in place, but the air mass warms considerably with highs in the low to mid-50s. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: Crystal clear skies and nearly calm winds are perfect ingredients for seeing the Geminids meteor shower. Lows slip to the upper 20s to lower 30s. Confidence: High

While we are still enjoying the sun and highs in the low to mid-50s Saturday, a storm is taking shape in the Gulf of Mexico. Clouds start to approach the area late night from the south. Lows should end up in the low to mid-30s. Confidence: High

Clouds quickly fill in Sunday as the storm starts to lumber up the Atlantic coast. Showers could begin to scatter into the area by afternoon. Highs should hold in the upper 40s to lower 50s. East winds build quickly in the evening with heavy rains likely through the night. Totals with this storm could again end up in the 1-3 inch range. Lows only fall to the low to mid-40s. Confidence: Medium

On Monday the storm passes by, and rains begin to taper off. Winds lighten up during the morning but are likely to be howling out of the northwest by the afternoon. It is possible that parts of the area could climb to near 60 early morning before we drop through the 50s during the day. Confidence: Medium

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