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Posted at 3:00 PM ET, 01/18/2008

CommuteCast: Much Easier than Yesterday's

By Ian Livingston

Weekend storm looking like a miss

With yesterday's travel troubles long gone, this evening will be dry and cool for those headed home or out of town for the long weekend (maybe to somewhere more snowy than here!). Some remaining snow melt on roadways may cause isolated icy spots, but this should not be a major issue. Evening temperatures will fall from this afternoon's highs mainly in the low 40s back into the 30s.

Tonight: The partly to mostly clear skies that the region saw for much of the day will continue through the evening as temperatures drop down into the 20s by morning. Clouds will begin to increase before dawn as another in a series of low-pressure systems coming out of the Gulf of Mexico moves toward the northeast.

Tomorrow: Unlike yesterday's storm, it now appears that the next system will stay far enough south of the area to keep us from feeling its most intense effects. The storm will produce a significant -- for where it falls -- swath of snow to our south, which has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Winter Storm Watch for areas south of Richmond and into North Carolina.

Here in the metro area, we may still see flurries or snow showers late Saturday, courtesy of an arctic cold front coming through from the northwest, even if the system to the south misses us. The front will usher in some of the coldest air of the season by Saturday night and Sunday. Prior to its arrival, high temperatures will range from the upper 30s to low 40s, depending on cloudcover from the low pressure passing to the south.

For more details on the cold air that's coming, see Camden's post for the forecast through the holiday weekend.

By Ian Livingston  | January 18, 2008; 3:00 PM ET
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