From the ABC 7 Weather team

Sunny skies today but you will need your umbrella by Friday

February 23, 2011 - 11:27 AM
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Wednesday: Plenty Of Sunshine; Not As Cold

Highs: Mid 40s | Wind: N 5

Overnight: Mainly Clear, Seasonably Cold

Lows: Upper 20's To Near 30 | Wind: S 5

Thursday: Increasing Clouds; Few Late Afternoon Showers

Highs: S 5-10 | Wind: Around 50

After a frigid start this morning expect plenty of sunshine across the region today, with temperatures slowly rebounding into the mid 40s this afternoon.

Mainly clear skies will once again be overhead during the night, however, with high pressure sliding to our east we will have more of a southerly wind which will help to keep temperatures from going below the upper 20s in the suburbs to near 30 closer to D.C. It’s worth mentioning that in outlying areas far north and west where the snowpack remains on the ground, temperatures could be even colder.

Thursday we may see some limited sunshine early in the day before the clouds move into place and a few showers develop later in the afternoon or evening. Rain will become increasing likely during the overnight and through the day on Friday. A few thunderstorms may also develop Friday morning to the south and east of town where there will be marginal instability forecast. It may be hard to believe, but we really need a nice soaking rain and it looks like this storm should bring at least 1 inch of rainfall with some locally higher amounts.

High pressure briefly moves into place Saturday, allowing for partly cloudy skies and slightly cooler highs in the upper 40s. Sunday, high pressure quickly exits and our next storm system will move in with showers possible by late Sunday and becoming likely again by Monday.

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