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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 01/15/2008

Forecast: Cold and Mostly Dry Next Two Days

By Matt Ross

Snow to rain possible Thursday; Some flurries today

After eight consecutive days with above normal temperatures, we are finally settling into a more seasonable pattern for mid-January. After a couple of chilly but benign days, a storm system will approach the DC area from our south/southwest and bring with it a chance of snow on the front end before it likely changes over to plain rain.


Partly sunny and cold. Near 40.Today will be partly to mostly sunny and seasonably cool. Afternoon highs will only reach the upper 30s to low 40s with a stiff westerly breeze, making it feel quite blustery at times. Some snow showers are possible in the Blue Ridge. East of the mountains, we may see some flurries in the morning, especially in the far western and northern suburbs. Tonight will be partly to mostly cloudy with overnight lows in the mid to upper 20s.


Sunny, a bit warmer. Mid 40s. Wednesday will feature plenty of sunshine with breezy conditions. Afternoon high temperatures will be near normal in the low to mid 40s. Overnight, clouds will be on the increase as a storm system approaches from the southwest. Lows will be in the mid to upper 20s.

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend ...


Cloudy, snow/rain likely. Upper 30s. Snow is likely to approach the region from the south during the morning hours. With temperatures at or above freezing in most locations, little or no accumulation is expected. During the afternoon and evening, snow should quickly change over to rain from southeast to northwest as warm air aloft invades the DC metro area. Highs will be in the mid to upper 30s. Some areas well to our north and west could stay snowy for longer and pick up some minor accumulation mainly on the grass. Overnight, rain will continue until tapering off in the early morning hours with lows steady in the 30s. Stay tuned as we fine tune the details tomorrow and Thursday.


Friday looks cloudy, but dry. Temperatures will be in the 40s.

The weekend will feature our coldest air of the winter season as a very cold arctic airmass penetrates the area from the northwest. Snow showers are possible on Saturday while Sunday could bring highs only in the 20s with lows in the single digits and teens.

Elswhere, both NFL conference championships will be played in extremely cold conditions with game-time temperatures in the teens in New England and single digits in Green Bay.

By Matt Ross  | January 15, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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Snow dag nabbbit!

Posted by: greg | January 15, 2008 7:02 AM | Report abuse

The temps should be interesting with the games this weekend. It is funny though, that when we have the coldest temps of the season, we are left high and dry. Typical I suppose.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 15, 2008 7:44 AM | Report abuse

It's time for everyone to get out there and do their No Pants Snow Dance! Taunt the weather!

Posted by: TW | January 15, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Thursday event is starting to look pretty promising for my areas, and others west of the Blue Ridge. Up around Winchester should be good. Down here we may have more of an elevation event, but that's okay for me too :). Looks like some possible mixing issues on the back side, but also looks like it stays all frozen.

Of course, there is still some time on this. The picture will come more into focus late tomorrow.

Posted by: Jim in Blacksburg | January 15, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

white out: Star Tannery Virginia, West of Winchester.

Snowing in Winchester right now. Heavy Squall.

Posted by: winchester | January 15, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Nice squalls moving out of West Virginia into Virginia now. It would appear they will survive into the region. Looks like they would arrive in the DC area around noon, though the better coverage pointed south of the city at present.

Posted by: Ian, Capital Weather Gang | January 15, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Could you all repost the details about this Kocin event tonight? Thanks.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 15, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Watching traficland cams (thanks winchester) that squall is producing nicely along I66... going from nothing on ground to full coating within minutes.

Posted by: Ian, Capital Weather Gang | January 15, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Nice dusting to around an inch in some areas in Fred Co/Shen Co Virginia.

Posted by: winchester | January 15, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I still like McleaNed's projected "bomb" for the 24th, though it's a bit far north for my tastes. Will probably change to plain old rain or end within 6 hours at this Delmarva position. As I noted in a previous post, Hatteras or further south would be better for us.

Wow, I wonder how Eli Manning will handle single digits in Green Bay. He's noted as a "warm-weather QB" and seems to have had recent trouble with forties and subfreezing wind chills at the Meadowlands. My prediction: Packers in a rout (though fellow Missisippian Bret Favre may also be more of a warm-weather quarterback. However, Mr. Favre has ca. 15 years of Lambeau experience to draw upon.)

Posted by: El Bombo | January 15, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Just started snowing in leesburg - first flakes at 10:57am!!!!!!

Posted by: greg | January 15, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Heavy-heavy squalls!

Posted by: greg | January 15, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Snow in Potomac ( MacArthur Blvd. area) right now. Big, white, heavy flakes. So pretty!! Hope it sticks around for a while. Is the ground even cold enough to stick??

Posted by: marlee | January 15, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Pretty flurries in downtown Bethesda.

Posted by: SoMoCo | January 15, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

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