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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 01/26/2008

Forecast: Cloudy Saturday, Clearing Sunday

By Jason Samenow

For most weekend plans, the weather should cooperate. With no big storms, getting around will be a breeze whether you're headed to a local ski resort or the mall. Temperatures will be cool, but nothing out of the ordinary for late January.

TODAY

Dreary but dry. 35-40. Mostly cloudy skies will hold down temperatures despite a light southerly breeze. It may feel like snow, but we should be precipitation-free during the daylight hours with temperatures in the 30s. Overnight, it will remain cloudy with just a 20% chance of snow showers or flurries late. No accumulation is likely. Lows should range from 25-30.

Keep reading for a look ahead to the forecast into early next week...

SUNDAY

Becoming partly to mostly sunny. 40-45. Clouds in the morning will give way to sunshine during the afternoon. Temperatures will be about 5 degrees warmer than yesterday, with most spots cracking 40 degrees. Clear and cool Sunday night, with lows in the middle 20s in the suburbs to near 30 downtown.

A LOOK AHEAD

The gradual warming trend continues Monday, with highs in the mid to upper 40s. Scattered rain showers are likely Tuesday ahead of a cold front, with highs in the mid 40s. Marginally cooler conditions arrive Wednesday, with highs 40-45.

By Jason Samenow  | January 26, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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Comments

To date, a boring, dreary, snowless, cold but not cold enough, depressing winter.

Let's hope February brings some excitement.

Posted by: GAD | January 26, 2008 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Mornin' ya'll!! No weather, no football - what to do this weekend? This is the ides of winter...March is only 35 days off!?! We may be talking severe weather before too long. Models are keeping March cool which may pump up both our chances of snow and t-storms...maybe one of those events that start at 70 degrees and thunder and end at 35 with two inches of snow...it WILL get warm sometime in March, so changing airmasses...boom! On another important note, I've seen two tv mets talk drought since Thurs. Very wise of them to keep that word in our vocabulary...we are still losing the battle. Nov. was way below normal, Dec. was slightly down (which we consider a win - thats bad) and Jan will be a huge bust it seems...only 1.10 at Dulles with most of that in the 6 inches of snow that is still hangning on out here in LoCo. We must keep the drought in focus. We are so snow-centric here (I'm part of the hype I admit) that we need to realize that we might emerge in a worse water situation in just a few short weeks till spring, then we were in before the late Oct deluge...and that was a fluke which mostly evaporated. Our water situation is going to be HUGE news in a few weeks if we dont get a lot of rain and snow in Feb-March. Right now we need anything to dump on us...Friday looks like a good chance of a dumping of rain (over an inch of rain maybe) so lets hope for that if we arent going to get a foot of snow. We've had 11 inches of snow in the LoCo bootheel, so we are quite close to a normal snow winter here...just havent had the rain.

Posted by: Dulles ARC | January 26, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

The models are widely divergent with timing on the late week potential, but the four that I have looked at, now take it through the Ohio Valley. The GFS and DGEX bring .50-.75" frozen precip through Thur. night into Fri. morning before changing to rain. Could be a significant icing event from the B.R. westward. The ECMWF and GGEM are nearly 24 hrs. slower, making it a late Fri. and Sat. event.

Hopefully, this system in whatever form will materialize, because most of us need 10-15 inches of rain or water equiv. IN EXCESS of normal before summer to restore normal water table conditions!!

Posted by: Augusta Jim | January 26, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

I like it when it's dreary out, but it's CRYSTAL CLEAR here in Lake Ridge though. What's up with that!?!?!? Where are my clouds??? :P

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | January 26, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

weatherdude:
They are headed your way. I have heavy overcast, 25 F and snow virga.

Posted by: Augusta Jim | January 26, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

12z GFS has developed a strong warm bias for late week. It screams rain all the way north into Maine Friday afternoon!!!, while snow falls on the backside in western W.Va.

Posted by: Augusta Jim | January 26, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I just logged onto weather.com and ?!?!?!?

For tonight it says "Cloudy with snow showers developing after midnight", and for tomorrow it says "snow showers before noon."

Huh??? This is for Riverdale, MD, inside the D.C. Beltway. So is there ANY CHANCE?

Posted by: Chickenlady of Riverdale | January 26, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Weather.com gives snow 50% chance; NWS gives it 20%, but just tonight, not tomorrow AM.

Posted by: Chickenlady of Riverdale | January 26, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

The 18z GFS continues the warm bias for late week in contrast to the Sterling mets. who call for snow likely (60%) with lows in the mid 20's Thur. night for my area.

Posted by: Augusta Jim | January 26, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

**sigh**
Judging by how dead this blog is right now, I'm guessing that weather.com is maybe calling "flurries" "snow showers", or something like that. So it's a non-event?

Well, I hope so, because I didn't cover up the chickens' run (so they would still have bare grass to peck at even if it snows....).

Posted by: Chickenlay | January 26, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Here for a change Saturday evening, due to a Winter Gala party being put on by my employers at NRECA. My next dances are Tuesday and Friday evenings so rain late Friday into Saturday is DEFINITELY not welcome. Hope it hits earlier in the day. Tuesday night I can stay home if it's too wet. However, we are quite deficient in precipitation this month. In addition we have those West Coast rainstorms crossing the country. This has been a strange couple of winters for California. Last year they had a "dry" El Nino (quite unusual!) This winter they have a "wet" La Nina, so things for California are balancing out, so to speak. I heard that L.A. just had 3.69 inches of rain, more than their entire total (3.16") for the ENTIRE 2006-07 rain year.

Posted by: El Bombo | January 26, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

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