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

CommuteCast: Gusty Winds Subside

By Ian Livingston

More unsettled weather by late Thursday night

Current DC area temperatures, courtesy Weather Bonk. Map by Google. Refresh page to update. Hover over and click temperatures for more info. Click and hold on map to pan.

Gusty northwest winds -- clocked as high as 40 to 50 miles per hour -- that moved in behind a passing cold front have ushered cooler temperatures into the region today. After early morning highs in the low 50s across the area, temperatures have now fallen back into the 40s and will continue to drop this evening. Clear skies will continue through the evening and the drive home will be uneventful on the weather front as winds diminish.

Tonight: Clear and cold conditions are expected across the area tonight as building high pressure causes winds to slacken further. Overnight temperatures will drop into the low to mid 20s in the city and southeast while falling into the teens to the west and north.

Tomorrow: Thursday will begin sunny and quite cold. But by afternoon temperatures are expected to top out in the seasonable low 40s. Clouds will start to increase by midday as the next system approaches from the west, bringing with it a chance of rain late Thursday night into Friday. Some areas, especially the northern and western suburbs, could see precipitation start out as a period of sleet and/or freezing rain as lows drop to near freezing.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Frederick, Loudoun and Fauquier counties, and points north and west of there, where the potential exists for a quarter inch or more of accumulating ice late Thursday night into Friday.

See Dan's forecast through the weekend.

By Ian Livingston  | January 30, 2008; 3:30 PM ET
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Hmmm .... could this be another snow day or at least a delay for the Fauquier/Loudoun kids? If there's any ice accumulation overnight, I can't imagine the buses running, esp in the far north/west parts of the counties ....

Posted by: weathergrrl | January 30, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse


Don't count on it.

Posted by: Period | January 30, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

"Hmmm .... could this be another snow day or at least a delay for the Fauquier/Loudoun kids?"

Loudoun has yet to have a snow day and I believe has had just 2 delays.

Posted by: Big Goob | January 30, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I live in Purcellville, guess it could be dicey out my way Thursday night?

Posted by: Masked Superstar | January 30, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Fauquier has had 3 snow days already. I guess Loudoun kids have been unlucky thus far... :( I was thinking all along this was going to be a rain event only so I was a little surprised to see the advisory go up so early

Posted by: weathergrrl | January 30, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully some of the school systems (like PWC) will pull the trigger early because they're paranoid due to the "episode" a few weeks ago.

My bus driver told me that the director of the school system's transportation apologized to the bus drivers and he said that they regret that they never closed early Thursday and didn't close altogether Friday. LOL - so maybe they'll get a little paranoid this time and close us. Hey, a kid can hope, right? ;)

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | January 30, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

School will be opened on Friday.

Posted by: School Superintendent | January 30, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

0z NAM coming in warm for the event... not shocking, as that seems to be the trend of the yr.

Posted by: Ian, Capital Weather Gang | January 30, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Only a 2 hour delay so far this school year for MCPS. Disappointing to say the least. And frustrating.

Posted by: Peter | January 30, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

New GFS is warmer/slower as well with precipitation threat beginning early Friday.

Posted by: Ian, Capital Weather Gang | January 30, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

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