D.C.-area forecast: Slow clearing and breezy as big thaw approaches

Today (Tuesday): Clouds are clingy this morning, but slowly start to break up toward partly to maybe even mostly sunny skies this afternoon as temperatures rocket to the upper 40s to low 50s for highs. Winds from the south and west at about 15-25 mph, with isolated gusts to 45 mph during the afternoon. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Clear with temperatures dropping back to the upper 20s in the outer areas to the mid-30s right in the city. Breezy conditions early slacken at night. Confidence: High