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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 01/23/2008

CommuteCast: No Weather Troubles Today

By Ian Livingston

Questions for tomorrow remain

The DC area spent the day in the calm between "storms" and enjoyed plentiful sunshine as temperatures rose a little more than expected -- even into the upper 40s in the city. As evening sets in, temperatures will fall off their highs back into the 30s and fair skies will continue. There will be no weather-related travel troubles this evening.

Tonight: Clear skies and light winds will lead to another seasonably cold evening throughout the area. Low temperatures will range between the mid and upper 20s in the city and will be closer to 20 in the normally chillier suburbs. Before sunrise, clouds will be on the increase as a weak storm system heads toward the area from the northwest.

Tomorrow: Does it snow or does it miss? Many questions about tomorrow remain to be answered. The decent bet is that many will see some snow even if it is likely to be light and non-accumulating. There is still an outside shot that a coastal storm will form close enough to the area to bring us a period of steadier snow late in the day. Though precipitation chances will be greatest in the afternoon, expect cloudiness to dominate throughout and temperatures to be a little cooler than today, with highs in the mid to upper 30s and increasing winds by late afternoon or evening.

See the Snow Lover's Crystal Ball for tomorrow's accumulation prospects and Dan's forecast for the weekend and early next week. The Capital Weather Gang will continue to monitor tomorrow's snow chances so check back frequently for the latest word.

By Ian Livingston  | January 23, 2008; 3:15 PM ET
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Very depressing to live here...

Posted by: Period | January 23, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

When is the next chance for a major snowstorm (4+ inches)?

Posted by: sam | January 23, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Looking ahead (WxRisk) for Eastern ConUS;

Jan. 27-29: Possible mild period with heavy rains in some areas (Bummer!).

Jan. 30 int Feb: Another Arctic Outbreak (!)

Posted by: El Bombo | January 23, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Guys dont get too depressed over this winter. We still have Feb and at least first half of March.

Posted by: ChrisfromVa | January 23, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Actually, once we hit the end of February, the chances of a snowstorm begin dropping significantly.

Of course, we've had March storms in the past, but with the sun angle being much higher and the longer daylight hours, everything has to be perfect for a snowstorm of 4+ inches.

So, in reality, we've got about 5 weeks with the best chances for snow left.

Posted by: Ivan | January 23, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Sterling is getting more "bullish" on possible coastal development off VA capes tomorrow. This could possibly involve a period of snow tomorrow afternoon from D.C. south.

Posted by: El Bombo | January 23, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

El Bombo, Sterling's discussion came out prior to the 18z NAM which still has the storm forming offshore, but less precipitation over the area compared to previous runs. 18z GFS is about to come out, it had trended towards the NAM at 12z, so it will be interesting to see where it goes from here.

Posted by: Ian, Capital Weather Gang | January 23, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Sterling may be more bullish, but the models aren't picking up on it very much. Even the NAM has backed off on QPF for the immediate Washington area as of 18Z.

Posted by: Brian | January 23, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Ivan, thanks for sharing :(
El Bombo-ARCTIC OUTBREAK!!!! woohoo!

Posted by: missy | January 23, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

18z GFS is fairly similar to 12z, perhaps slightly less precipitation over the area but more evident to the East as both runs show very light precipitation in DC itself.

Posted by: Ian, Capital Weather Gang | January 23, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

who wants to bet we won't see a flake tomorrow??
i mean come on, with the luck we've been having?
i'll believe it when i see it
o dear. i'm turning bitter...

Posted by: strangldangel | January 23, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

strangldangel - it's beginning to get hard for me not to turn bitter with this weather lately. My mom absolutely DREADS snow and threatens to take my computer away from me if it does snow because "I egged it on". LMAO

Let's be wishful here people: BLIZZARD BLIZZARD BLIZZARD.

Let's be realistic here: Snow showers


Posted by: weatherdudeVA | January 23, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

1 inch max

Posted by: d | January 23, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Tomorrow seems like a replay of ... yesterday?????? Seems like that "snow bust" was at least three days ago. Hmm. I seriously doubt the coastal storm giving us much of anything tomorrow.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 23, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Realistic would be: nothing.

Yes indeed, remember yesterday?

Posted by: Anonymous | January 23, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Rain shower.

Posted by: greg | January 23, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

"Rain shower.

Posted by: greg"


Posted by: Anonymous | January 23, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

in alexandria, we barely even got any rain.
i say we'll see a few showers if we're lucky. i'm trying my hardest to not look at any hopeful forecasts or models...

Posted by: strangldangel | January 23, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

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