D.C. Weather Forecast: Milder air returns Friday, wet weekend

Tonight: Mostly Clear, Chilly

Lows: 20s and Low 30s | Wind: NW 4-8 m.p.h.

Friday: Increasing Clouds

Highs: Mid 50s | Wind: SW 10-15 m.p.h.

Saturday: Mostly Cloudy, Showers Likely

Highs: Low 50s | Precipitation: 60%

If you spent any time outside today, you realized it is still winter. The higher angle sunshine is nice. The early blooming annuals are a delight to see. But with strong winds and temperatures well below average, it was a little uncomfortable at times. As high pressure builds in tonight, the winds will slowly diminish. Temperatures will fall into the 20s in most suburban locations and fall close to freezing inside the beltway. Tomorrow will be pleasant enough with partly cloudy skies and highs in the middle 50s.

Pleasant is not a word I would use to describe the weather for the weekend and through most of next week. Rather unsettled, late winter weather conditions will spread rain across the area on Saturday. A few areas of light rain will be possible on Sunday. And on Monday into Tuesday more rain is forecast throughout the region. After tomorrow, below average temperatures are forecast for at least the next 7 days.

Wet stretch ahead, and the chance for snow??

And a word here on the possibility of a few snowflakes….it’s a possibility on Saturday morning and again early on Monday morning. The best chances will be in areas well north and west of Washington…especially at higher elevations. But mixed rain and snow are not out of the question for the metropolitan area, too.