A runner trudges through the snow on a pedestrian bridge in Alexandria, Va. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post) By Jason Samenow Jason Samenow Editor and writer covering weather and climate Email Bio Follow January 14 at 5:00 AM School closings | Snow photos | Federal offices closed
TODAY’S DAILY DIGIT
A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.
6/10: On the chilly side, but the sun returns and many Washingtonians get a day off to play in the snow.
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Today: Becoming partly sunny. Highs: mid-30s to 40.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows: 20s
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Highs: Near 40
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FORECAST IN DETAIL
The weather cooperates today to let us dig our way out of the eight to 12 inches of snow that blanketed the region over the weekend — an impressive storm, indeed. Through Thursday, the weather should be relatively quiet but chilly. By Thursday night, we may see a mix of snow and rain before perhaps a more significant episode of wintry weather over the weekend
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Today (Monday): Clouds should decrease some as the day wears on. We’ll call it partly sunny. The fresh snow cover and light winds (5 to 10 mph) from the north keep it chilly, with highs in the mid-30s. Confidence : Medium-High
Tonight: Mostly clear to partly cloudy skies and cold. Wet, slushy surfaces from melted snow are likely to freeze, causing ice patches to form overnight. Lows range from 20 to 25. Confidence: Medium-High
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Tomorrow (Tuesday): We should have a good deal of sunshine and, with temperatures rising to near 40 in the afternoon, some considerable melting. Winds are light from the northwest. Confidence: Medium-High
Tomorrow night: Mostly clear, calm and very cold. Lows range from the upper teens in our colder spots to the mid-20s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High
A LOOK AHEAD
Wednesday and Thursday remain chilly but tranquil during the day. Highs are near 40 on Wednesday, with sunshine, and probably holding in the upper 30s on Thursday, with increasing clouds. Thursday morning’s lows dip into the 20s. Confidence: Medium-High
A weak weather system slides through the region Thursday night into Friday , which may begin as some wet snow and sleet, before possibly changing to light rain. At the moment, this doesn’t look like a big deal, but we’ll keep an eye on it. The precipitation should end early Friday with partial clearing in the afternoon. After lows of 30 to 35 Thursday night, highs reach 40 to 45 on Friday. Confidence: Medium
Clouds increase Saturday , with snow, ice and/or rain developing late and continuing through Saturday night and possibly into Sunday . Highs may reach 40 or so Saturday and drop into the 30s on Sunday. Overnight lows Saturday night should be around freezing. Confidence: Low
SNOW POTENTIAL INDEX
A daily assessment of the potential for at least 1 inch of snow in the next week, on a 0-10 scale.
Snow potential index — 2/10 (↓): Down for now, but might rise back up as we close in on next weekend . . . gulp