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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 02/10/2008

Forecast: Front Brings Blustery Blast

By Jason Samenow

*Wind advisory in effect from 8am to 7pm today*

Fierce winds and falling temperatures will follow the Arctic cold front crashing through the metro early this morning. The day will get progressively colder. By late afternoon temperature will fall below freezing and wind chills will dip into the teens. Yesterday's upper 50s will seem so distant.


Very windy with temperatures falling through the 30s. Don't be fooled by the sunshine and temperatures around 40 this morning. During the afternoon, temperatures will gradually drop. Factoring in 30mph winds (with gusts over 40mph possible), it will feel like the teens by late afternoon. Overnight, winds will gradually diminish, but air temperatures will continue their free fall. Lows will range from a frigid nine degrees in north and west suburbs to the mid teens downtown.

Keep reading for a look ahead to the forecast for the work week...


Sunny and cold. 32-36. Despite all the sunshine, temperatures will start the day so low (9-16 degrees) that they'll have a tough time rising much above freezing by afternoon. With light winds, it won't feel as cold as today but high temperatures will still be about 10 degrees below average. Overnight, clear skies early will become mostly cloudy by morning. Lows will range from the upper teens in the colder suburbs to the mid 20s downtown.


A south wind will bring milder temperatures Tuesday. Some light rain is possible in the afternoon when temperatures will have risen into the mid 40s. Periods of light rain will likely continue through Wednesday, with highs again in the 40s. Dry conditions return Thursday, with highs near 50. By Friday, another cold front is likely to pass through the region late in the day with a slight chance of showers. Before the front passes, highs should reach 50 or so.

By Jason Samenow  | February 10, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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Global Warming has ended local skiing. You cannot ski on 40-degree slush. We had serious snowfalls here in NoVa 30 years ago. No more.

Posted by: One-Time Local Skier | February 10, 2008 5:08 AM | Report abuse

Strong red sky this AM. Rainbow in the west at 7:07 from Vienna

Posted by: Jaime, Vienna | February 10, 2008 7:08 AM | Report abuse

Nice squall line came through around 615am or so, temp was 41, then came big winds and heavy snow/rain showers that flipped to a heavy, wind driven snow for about 10 minutes, enough to dust the ground, HUGE flakes...currently 33 degrees!

Posted by: Mike from the Blue Ridge | February 10, 2008 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Visual proof of what it was like:
RT55 - Star Tannery (Frederick County, VA)

Posted by: Mike from the Blue Ridge | February 10, 2008 7:30 AM | Report abuse

No precip. here this morning, but westerly winds gusting to 40 mph and currently 41F.

The GFS fell off the wagon yesterday, but has now climbed back on board for a significant Winter Storm a week from today!! Support from other models is increasing.

Posted by: Augusta Jim | February 10, 2008 7:55 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Jim F | February 10, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Moderate sleet/snow in Owings Mills, MD around 9:40, by 9:50 sun is out. With this winter I actually got exited!

Posted by: Dan-3eyzbbq | February 10, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Augusta Jim: NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! I'm all for a huge winter storm, but I will be in Georgia next weekend. NO STORMS WHEN I'M NOT HERE. That would just be my luck...LOL

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | February 10, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

All snowlovers, I think much of our snow problems this winter are from La Nina. We may just have to be patient until next winter. Our pattern have been typical this entire winter. When its cold it is always dry. All our stormy weather comes from being on southern side of jetstream where temps are too warm for snow. The jetsteam is not in a setup in our favor for snow unfortunately this winter. Next winter I hope we get hammered to make up for this seasons bust.

Posted by: ChrisfromVA | February 10, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

One-time local skier - any evidence to back up your unsupported assertion?

This has never been a snowy area. True, we have gotten less snow in the past few years. But this simply is not New England or the upper Midwest. Sorry.

Posted by: Southside FFX | February 10, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Regarding the GFS--How many times this winter has the GFS seen major winter storm for us 7 to 10 days out? How many have verified?

Posted by: rob-rockvile | February 10, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

DCA managed to top out at at least 50 degrees (last ob). Winds seem to be picking up now and air has a new bite to it. Down to 43 at IAD and 39 at Leesburg. Spotty snowshowers off to the northwest as well.

Posted by: Ian, Capital Weather Gang | February 10, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Still 52 here in Spotsy. Not much a clod blast here, just another above average day.

Posted by: VaTechBob. | February 10, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I am bout 8 miles from BWI and it is windy as all get out! What are the top wind gusts so far? I would imagine over 50 mph!

Posted by: Snowlover | February 10, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Nevermind! I guess I could have just looked over to the left and seen that the top wind gust so far was 52mph; duh!

Posted by: Snowlover | February 10, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse


Re: long-range GFS

It's projected many snowstorms 7+ days out and none have come to fruition.

I think it's safe to ignore any and all long-range model runs this season.

In other words, it's never gonna happen.

Posted by: Ivan | February 10, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Down to 36 in North Bethesda ... some serious cold air advection going on.

Posted by: Dan, Capital Weather Gang | February 10, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I'm a teacher and I want a good hard snow as much as the next person, but the girl scout cookies are coming on Friday, and between my two girl scouts, we will have over 400 boxes of cookies to deliver--so all I want to know is--will it be cookie delivering weather next weekend?

Posted by: Brownie Mom | February 10, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Brownie Mom - I'm not sure what "cookie delivering weather" is, but it looks like Saturday is going to be the better day to be outside and stay dry. The latest model runs are giving us a good amount of precipitation for Sunday. Right now they say "cold rain or mix of rain and frozen precipitation". Just remember that it is still 7 days out and if you are a regular on this blog, you are aware that anything over 3 days away is a crap shoot. We may just be dry and wearing shorts!
Having said that... bring on the snow!!!

Posted by: PJ | February 10, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Dan- what a wonderful link to weather terms and glossary- thanks

Posted by: Etta | February 10, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Dew points very low tonight... -9F right now at DC with temperature of 27. Watch out for explosive static.

Posted by: Ian, Capital Weather Gange | February 10, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

23 in Lake Ridge going down to possibly 11. With the wind chills and all, is there any chance of a delay in PWC, or is that just a dream? LOL

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | February 10, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Aside from the wind...not all that bad. Last month's Arctic blast hit harder!

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

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