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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 01/18/2008

Forecast: Snow Melts then Maybe More

By Camden Walker

Numbingly nippy by Sunday

WeatherCamWe'll have a turbulent ride this weekend. Warmth will melt the slush today, then some snow is possible from a storm on Saturday which will transition us into... frigid cold for the remainder of our holiday weekend.


Sunny by midday, breezy, 48. After a mostly cloudy start to the day, quick improvement is on the way. Skies will clear and temperatures warm into the middle and upper 40s. Melting will be the day's theme. Watch for breezes still fooling your senses a bit--it may only feel like 40 during most of the afternoon. Overnight, temperatures dip down to between 25 and 30 degrees under mostly clear skies.


Increasing clouds, chance of snow, mid 30s. Saturday, ah the challenge. Any snow should hold off until the afternoon. Temperatures should rise into the mid 30s but will fall back below freezing upon the onset of any snow. Winds won't pick up until overnight, when temperatures fall and snow showers possibly burst through the area intermittently. Bundle up! I am talking about serious wind chills no warmer than the teens. How much total snow could fall after noon on Saturday?

Keep reading for the forecast through the holiday weekend ...

The range we are considering for accumulations spans a dusting up to 4" or so for the metro area. See the Snow Lover's Crystal Ball later this morning for more details.

Looking down on a snowy Massachusetts Avenue yesterday afternoon. By Capital Weather Gang photographer Ian Livingston.


Really, really, cold. 26. Despite clearing skies behind the storm system powering through New England by this point, high temperatures will struggle to get out of the mid 20s. The wind will be brutal. Please dress in layers and protect your exposed skin. Wind chills could easily be in the single digits at times, with gusty NW winds and fresh snow cover???


Temperatures will moderate somewhat from Sunday, but not after starting the day off in the teens or even single digits. High temperatures should make it to the freezing mark. And winds out of the west will begin to calm. Sunny skies will prevail... hopefully they will warm you more on Monday than during the brutal Sunday.

After a crisp, clear Monday, could we be dealing with some morning wintry mess on Tuesday? We'll keep you updated!

By Camden Walker  | January 18, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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Posted by: Alex | January 18, 2008 7:03 AM | Report abuse

sheesh, I was first after like 2 hours of nothing, so lame.

I'm hopeing for a nice little snow that will stick around for a bit due to the cold to follow Saturday.

Posted by: Alex | January 18, 2008 7:04 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations Alex. Your mother must be proud of you.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 18, 2008 7:05 AM | Report abuse

I wish I were as cool as Alex.


Posted by: Anonymous | January 18, 2008 7:10 AM | Report abuse

The latest NAM and GFS gives most of us an inch or less of snow on Sat. The trend from 00z to 06z has been to suppress the qp required for significant snow to an area across southeast Va. and skirting extreme southern Maryland.

Highways are treacherous in my area, schools are closed.

Posted by: Augusta Jim | January 18, 2008 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Are there any other storms out there other than Saturday that look interesting at this point?

Posted by: Snowlover | January 18, 2008 7:47 AM | Report abuse can always tell a new reader vs an old reader by how they respond to the old CW traditions. :-) (Could at least put your name if you are gonna bash the guy).

Anyway, moving on to the weather.....

looks like I had some melting overnight....but now there is a lot of fog outside. I was planning on trying to go intot he office, but with all the accidents due to black ice, I am reconsidering. Is it supposed to warm up enough to have a little melting today?

And are we looking at tommorrow to be similar to yesterday with the snow?

Man, weeks of nothing, and now we are on day to day snow watch. LOL.

Posted by: Kim in Manassas | January 18, 2008 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Yes, There will be another threat around Wed. to Thur.

Augusta Co. received an average of 4-6 inches yesterday, but the southwest portion of Augusta receive 8 inches!

Posted by: Augusta Jim | January 18, 2008 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Jim, looks like you made out ok! I struggled to get to 2.5 though the temp stayed BELOW 30 all day up here, curious how the QPF was low, might melt down the stuffing in my rain bucket to see what the equiv was. Hovering at 32 now.

Posted by: Mike from the Blue Ridge | January 18, 2008 8:09 AM | Report abuse

@Kim in Manassas
The traditions here at WaPo are different. Except at the Achenblog, which aims for unseriousness.

Posted by: wiredog | January 18, 2008 8:19 AM | Report abuse


True enough, however, to belittle a poster for doing something that has been done for years at the old site without taking the time to ask why it was done seems a bit cruel.

IMHO that is.

Posted by: Kim in Manassas | January 18, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Where can I find this Achenblog and how can I learn how to properly Achen?

Posted by: Jamie Jones, Capital Weather Gang | January 18, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Achenblog at

Dunno if they give Achentutorials tho

Posted by: ~sg | January 18, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Looks like 6.7" of snow fell here, per NWS. Obviously the amount on the ground was less, particularly after the bit of freezing drizzle at the end compacted things. I went for a walk last night and would say there was around 5" then.

Less now - it is already up to 39 here. Should be some substantial melting today, but I don't expect all of if to melt. The left over snow will provide a good base for whatever falls on Saturday - looks like 1-3" here at this juncture :).

I will post some pics tonight.

Posted by: Jim in Blacksburg | January 18, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

6 inches here in the LoCo Bootheel...a bit of an ice glaze on the trees this morning and 30 degrees with some nasty black ice on my street right in front of my driveway. And one very happy Dog. We had a legit 6 hours of inch-an-hour snow out here...

Posted by: Dulles ARC | January 18, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Re "Achenblog": We need a Cap Weather "widget", a la Achenblog.

Posted by: mark | January 18, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Dulles Arc - LoCo Bootheel, is that Loudoun County, and where exactly is the bootheel? Thanks.

Posted by: Nader | January 18, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Skies have cleared over Central VA and approaching NoVA... soon the Beltway could see some sun!... it will bump us up out of the 30s.

Chances for snow Saturday or even Tuesday/Wednesday are still low

Posted by: Camden, Capital Weather Gang | January 18, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Nader - the bootheel...thats the little triangulation type area in the southeastern part of the county that sorta sticks out from the rest of the southern border that runs straight...its Bull Run to the south, Rt. 50 runs nw/se towards rt. 15 to the west and the FxCo border to the east...South Riding/Stone Ridge is the main population source. Manassas Battlefield is just south of Bull Run. Its an interesting area becuase the Bull Run Mtns. (@ 1300 ft), which are the eastern most ridge of the Appalachians, run along the western border of LoCo and Fauqier which is essentially the western edge of this "bootheel". We get some awesome NW winds in the winter coming down this ridge since there is very little development west of where I live until you reach the ridge...look at a ma of LoCo on radar and it should be apparent...we are sw of IAD...T-storms seem to get pushed apart sometimes by this ridge as they split to the north and south of us.

Posted by: Dulles ARC | January 18, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Kim in Manassas...this is the capitalweathergang blog regardless of its new location at WaPo. Our traditions should remain intact here. We don't usually belittle anyway-use your Achenblog.

Posted by: missy | January 18, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

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