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Posted at 3:30 PM ET, 01/24/2008

CommuteCast: Slight Chance of Snow Showers

By Ian Livingston

Cold and windy overnight

After spending the day on the western edge of a forming coastal low, the DC area will begin to clear out as we move through the evening. Precipitation from the coastal low was able to reach the ground as close by as Maryland and Delaware, but nothing more than a passing flurry affected the immediate area. A cold front moving through the region may trigger some scattered snow showers during the evening rush possibly causing isolated areas of slippery travel. However, most area roads will remain dry as any snow showers will be quick-moving and short in duration.

Tonight: Any remaining clouds will give way to clearing skies. Behind the front, winds will pick up out of the northwest ushering in a new round of below-average temperatures. The wind and cold will be the story of the night as temperatures fall into the upper teens to the west of DC and into the low to mid 20s in the city and to the southeast. Wind chill values may fall into the single digits at times overnight, especially west of DC, so be sure to bundle up!

Tomorrow: High pressure will quickly build into the area bringing with it mostly sunny skies for the end of the work week. Winds will die down during the morning and should be considerably lighter by the afternoon. Even so, tomorrow will be one of the coldest days of the season thus far as high temperatures struggle to reach the mid 30s.

See Josh's forecast for the weekend and into early next week.

By Ian Livingston  | January 24, 2008; 3:30 PM ET
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just started snowing in bethesda.

Posted by: sam | January 24, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Snowed for all of 5 minutes in Tenleytown, about an hour ago. Nothing stuck though.

Posted by: Sean | January 24, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunetly it looks like no snow 4 the next 2 weeks. Most of Feb looking 3-5 degrees above average. I predicted Jan would end up 4-6 above & it looks like it will end up in that range. Just don't see any major pattern change 2 long term cold weather, just occasional shots of cold air followed by longer periods of milder weather. Still expect this winter 2 end up 2-4 degrees above with less than 10" of snow. Early summer outlook looking extremely hot & dry.

Posted by: VaTechBob | January 24, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse


Although you are very informative, you constantly succeed in crushing my hopes for decent weather for the Washington Metro Area all the time.

Posted by: Period | January 24, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

I just came back from the grocery store to find a trace accumulation of new snow at headquarters.

Current conditions: Partly Cloudy, 22.3F

Posted by: S.P. Gass | January 24, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

bob, if u want to post something bad, dont post it at all

Posted by: sd | January 24, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Noooo nooo no dry summer. I want storms! We had a few good ones last summer (I saw my first hailstorm, I was in Dumfries VA and we got pea-sized hail for about 3 minutes), but it wasn't enough! It's addicting to follow storms on the radar to see if they'll hit you or not. Get all excited and follow them for 3 hours and they die out over Warrenton or Quantico on their way into PWC. Most depressing feeling in the world. LOL

The heat doesn't bother me unless the power goes out. A few years ago (2006 maybe?), we hit 100-102 three or four days in a row. The power went out all night (due to the demand for electicity from the A/Cs) on the hottest day of the year, the low only hit 80 or something like that. It was horrible.

Hopefully the wind will miraculously die down for the 10 minutes I have to stand at the bus stop tomorrow morning. We get out at 1130 tomorrow due to exams (finally over tomorrow, woohoo), so hopefully the winds die down by then.

Thanks for the forecast.

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | January 24, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

look what you started Bob...why are we talking about summer heat now? Hope crushed.

Posted by: missy | January 24, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Don't be overly concerned about summer heat, right now. We have a whole lot of winter to go. Feb. and March may be memorable. More later.

Posted by: Augusta Jim | January 24, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: missy | January 24, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: d | January 24, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Bob, just wondering where your gathering your long term info from. La Nina patterns..Model Readings.. I am curious.

GFS models keep us wetter then usual in Feb. Models hve been holding several coastal storms and southern storm to affect us. I do belive our chances are average to a little better for those delicate ingredients to produce a decent snow. Looks like every two or 3 days we get a cold shot. It will be key timing for arrival of moisture and cold

Posted by: ChrisfromVA | January 25, 2008 1:34 AM | Report abuse

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