From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Weather Forecast: Clouds decrease tonight while winds increase

February 11, 2013 - 01:13 PM
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Sunshine returns in full force for everybody tomorrow but is wintry weather on the way?

Tonight: Clear and breezy

Lows: Mid 30s | Wind: SSW 7 - 13 mph, increasing from West

Tuesday: Touch cooler, sunshine

Highs: Around 50 | Wind: W 10 - 20 mph, occasional gusts

Wednesday: Increasing clouds, afternoon precip

Highs: Mid to Upper 40s | Precipitation: Afternoon/evening snow/wintry mix/rain

Wind advisory in effect from 4 p.m. Monday through 10 a.m. Tuesday for the following counties: Allegany, Highland, Hampshire, Hardy, Grant, Mineral and Pendleton.

Starts at 7 p.m. for the following counties: Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Page, Nelson, Albemarle, Greene, Madison.

Expect west winds 20 - 30 mph with gusts up to 55 mph (stronger at higher elevations).

Clouds will hang on heavy Monday as they make an attempt to erode through the afternoon, especially in the D.C. and Northern Virginia area. Some cloud cover west of the Blue Ridge Mountains has already burned off, letting some sunshine in.

This is where we will find temperatures shooting into the upper 50s for daytime highs. In the D.C. area, since the clouds will hang on a little longer, expect temperatures to hang in the lower 50s.

High pressure is set to build in Monday night, finally clearing out all the clouds. Lows will fall to the mid 30s and a little bit of a wind will pick up. It will be a breezy Tuesday with winds west at 10 – 20 mph, but Tuesday will feature plenty of sunshine. Temperatures will be a touch cooler on, topping out around 50 degrees.

Clouds will increase on Wednesday ahead of our next system, which has proven to be a tricky one already. The tricky part of the forecast is to determine the precipitation type. Depending on our temperatures we could get a mixed bag of precipitation (rain, snow and/or wintry mix) and it would be a very tight gradient on who would see what.

Whatever comes will start Wednesday evening and will be out of the region by 8 a.m. Thursday. On Friday, we clear out as high pressure builds in, with temperatures back up around 50 degrees. We're looking a bit unsettled for the weekend but much cooler (upper 30s). We're also watching for yet another chance of snow on Saturday night into Sunday.

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