From the ABC 7 Weather team

A mild night and very warm tomorrow

February 17, 2011 - 07:06 PM
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Tonight: Moonlit Sky with Some High Clouds, Mild

Lows: 46-52 | Wind: S 5-10 m.p.h

Friday: Partly Sunny, Very Warm & Breezy

Highs: 70-76 | Wind: WSW 10-15 m.p.h

Saturday: Mostly Sunny, Windy & Cooler

Highs: Low to Mid 50s | Wind: W 15-25+ m.p.h

Tonight will be mild with a light southerly wind. Lows will only be dropping to our average high temperature for this time of year. Temperatures will be in the mid 40s in the suburbs to near 50 in D.C. 

Friday, a strong, but moisture starved cold front will approach from the west, bringing with it some high clouds overhead. However, with a strong southerly surge of air, temperatures will respond and still reach the 70s. So far we have seen two 70 degree days this week. Tomorrow will be the third time in February! The last time we saw 3 or more 70 degree days in the month of February was in 1997 where we had 4 days 70 or above. 

The cold front will pass through the region Friday night, bringing with it gusty winds and cooler air. Saturday will be windy and much cooler with highs in the 50s under mostly sunny skies. Winds will blow out of the west around 15 to 25 m.p.h. with gusts up to 50 m.p.h. through the afternoon. Sunday, the winds will subside and temperatures will be a bit cooler around the 50 degree mark with a mix of clouds and sun.

Next week will be a bit more active. An area of low pressure will pass to our north on Monday with highs making it into the mid 50s under mostly cloudy skies. There is a chance for a few light showers with that system on Monday. Monday night into Tuesday morning, another fast moving low should pass through the region on the heels of the first system and bring a chance for some light rain or snow. It's too early to tell the exact type of precipitation at this point since the track of the low and the amount of cold air in place is still uncertain at this time. It doesn't look like a large storm, but it's something to keep an eye on over the next few days. 

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