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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 01/29/2008

Forecast: State of the Weather -- Snowless

By Matt Ross

Madam Speaker, Vice President Cheney, members of Congress, distinguished guests, fellow citizens: As we gather today, winter is at war, cold air is in recession and snow lovers face unprecedented depression. An intrusion of mild air from the south is forcing our prevailing storm track to the north and west resulting in precipitation that's wet and not white. Rain will fall tonight and Thursday night, with dry, milder than average days in between. Temperatures will average near or slightly above normal through the weekend.


Cloudy, mild. 50-55. Ahead of an advancing cold front, southerly winds will supply mild air. There is a slight chance (20%) of an afternoon sprinkle/shower with highs in the low to mid 50s. Overnight, the cold front will cross the area accompanied by rain (80%). Any rain should taper by dawn. Temperatures will cool quickly after the frontal passage. It will become windy with lows in the mid to upper 30s.


Sunny, windy. 44-48. We'll experience gradual clearing as the cold front exits the region. Mostly sunny skies should emerge by the afternoon. It will be quite windy with gusts in excess of 30 mph. Highs will be in the mid to upper 40s, but it feel like 40 or colder. Overnight winds will diminish with very chilly lows in the low to mid 20s.

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend ...


Mostly sunny daytime, rain at night. Mid 40s. Thursday will be mostly sunny and seasonably cool with highs in the mid 40s. Some high clouds will increase late in the afternoon as a storm system approaches from the northwest. Overnight, rain will move into the area (60%). There is a chance of some light freezing rain for a period in the far north and west suburbs. Lows will be in the low to mid 30s. More details on the possibility of wintry precipitation will follow in the coming days.


On Friday any lingering rain and showers will taper by afternoon with highs 45-50. The weekend will be uneventful and somewhat warmer than average. It will be dry with highs in the upper 40s and lows in the low to mid 30s.

By Matt Ross  | January 29, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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Any chance of some overnight freeze with the rain? Enough of a chance for a delay???

Posted by: Anonymous | January 29, 2008 5:31 AM | Report abuse

It does not look like a freeze is likely tonight... sorry to disappoint!

Posted by: Camden, Capital Weather Gang | January 29, 2008 7:10 AM | Report abuse

Btw - its raining...a few hundredths in LoCo at 6am and the roads are wet. That's the type of forecast bust I hate. When a weather geek walks outside to walk the mutt at 6am and is shocked to see rain coming down, then something went wrong with Gisele and Heidi (the models). As I roll on the bus thru Falls Church, all windshield wipers on cars are on...stand by for a longer ride in.

Posted by: Dulles ARC | January 29, 2008 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Duh it's Madam Speaker

Posted by: RW | January 29, 2008 7:31 AM | Report abuse

RW: Good point! Fixed.

Posted by: Jason, Capital Weather Gang | January 29, 2008 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Could it be our winter is warm this year because of La Nina. I remember winters when I was younger, we didnt get much of any snow. One winter, I remember wearing shorts over Christmas. Then the next winter, it snowed a LOT.

Our above average temps are those 2-3 day stretches of unusually warm weather affecting the overall average as you guys posted a week ago. By next winter, at least La Nina will shift. Maybe that is generating our unusually warm stretches.

I myself am a snowlover and its a bust for sure. I'm not ruling out a good snow before the winter is over, however, odds are lower then usual.

Posted by: ChrisfromVa | January 29, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

So the warm spell continues until early next week...then still above average?

Posted by: missy | January 29, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Our winter is NOT warm compared with last year. We've had our usual cold spells. We've not had a lot of snow, but it's not unusual to have cold but dry spells around here. Last winter was CONTINUOUSLY warm from early December to mid-January, and THAT is unusual.

Posted by: El Bombo | January 29, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

You know -- if we are not going to get any snow it might as well go ahead and get warm again. 60's and 70's would be nice. With that being said we have plans on Feb 9th to go out-of-town so I am sure that is when some major storm will hit. ;)

Posted by: Jenn in Reston | January 29, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Yes Jen, you are correct. We are in line for a Big Papa of a storm that weekend! Well, probably not, but the latest GFS model is hinting at a storm of some magnitude right around the 9th or so. Of course, thats 12 days out and things change, but its been consistent with something falling from the sky at a high rate during that weekend for a few days always, the track matters.

Posted by: Dulles ARC | January 29, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Okay, so February 9th is the date. Start snow dancing, folks.

Posted by: missy | January 29, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

You mean like Feb 9th is my birthday and we are suppose to be going to a B&B in Middlesburg. I guess there are worse things than being snowed in with your husband. ;)

Posted by: Jenn in Reston | January 29, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

What a great Dreamstorm!

Posted by: missy | January 29, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Jenn: I don't know who that person is, but I like the way they think! It's been too long since we've had a major snow event (I'm talking 10+ inches) here in the DC area.

Posted by: Model Monkey | January 29, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

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