Cold returns for weekend; rain, wintry mix possible Monday and Tuesday of next week

The warm temperatures that gave us a weeklong preview of spring are going away this weekend as bitter cold air returns to the D.C. region bringing with it the possibility of a wintry mix during thefirst two days of next week.

Friday will be a transitional day in the D.C. region as warmer air moves out and more seasonable, colder air moves in. FOX 5's Mike Thomas says clouds and drizzle will give way to mild temperatures during the mid-morning hours.

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Gusty winds during the mid-afternoon will bring both clearing skies and colder temperatures, he says. A high pressure system will bring the cold air to the region Friday night into the weekend. Both Saturday and Sunday look dry but temperatures will drop back down to where we typically expected them, to be this time of year. On Saturday, temperatures will fail to make it out of the 30s and on Sunday, highs are expected to stay in the very low 40s.

THE FOX 5 Weather Team is keeping a close eye on two systems that could bring winter weather to our area on Monday and Tuesday of next week. Thomas says the first system could reach our area late Sunday night and bring with it the possibility of a rain / wintry mix combination during the morning hours Monday before changing to mostly rain by the afternoon. A second system that is working its way up from the south could potentially bring snow to the area on Tuesday, Thomas says. We could see some snow during the early to mid-morning hours Tuesday before it all transitions to rain by the afternoon.

We'll know more details about these two tricky weather systems as we get further into the weekend, Thomas says. And good news for all of the lovebirds out there -- Valentine's Day on Thursday looks sunny and dry with highs around 50 degrees.

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