Much higher temperatures will continue to move into Washington, D.C., into the weekend.
Record-challenging warmth is possible on Sunday with temperatures forecast to climb into the 70s.
As warmer, more moist air moves in, episodes of fog are possible around the regionwhich could slow travel.
Heavy rain will stay well north and west of Washington, D.C. through the day Sunday.
According to AccuWeather.com Long Range Expert Paul Pastelok, "With the anticipated weather now through the end of the month, temperatures for December may average close to normal."
As of Dec. 18, temperatures have averaged 1.0 degrees below the normal of 41.3 degrees for the month to date.
Pastelok expects the weather pattern to erase much of this local temperature deficit by the end of the month with well above-average warmth forecast late this week into the weekend.
"There will still be a few chilly episodes later in the month, but not to the extreme of what we have experienced during late November into early December," Pastelok stated.
The warmup will not mean an end to potential snowstorms for the upcoming winter.
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A storm with rain and heavy snow is stretching across the East Coast and Appalachians.
In the wake of the snowstorm that grazed the Pittsburgh area on Wednesday, the region will only have to contend with minor weather-related issues this Thanksgiving weekend.
Boston will get a break from wintry storms for the balance of the Thanksgiving weekend.
New York City will get a break from wintry storms for the balance of the Thanksgiving weekend.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, will get a break from wintry storms for the balance of the Thanksgiving weekend.
Philadelphia will get a break from wintry storms for the balance of the Thanksgiving weekend.
Nation devastated by terrible floods -- 400 people killed.
O'Fallon, MD (1990)
Strong downburst from a thunderstorm caused an apartment to collapse, injuring 25 people.
New England Coast (1898)
Famous "Portland" storm formed off Cape Cod with loss of 200 lives. Many others were lost to the raging sea in 50 small vessels. A total of 27 inches of snow in New London, CT; 15 inches at Waterbury, CT. Peak wind was 72 mph in Boston. Boston received more than a foot of snow.