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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 02/ 9/2008

Forecast: Mild, but Wind & Cold are Coming

By Jason Samenow

Enjoy today's 50+ degree temperatures, because a nasty shot of cold air is less than 24 hours away. Considering temperatures have been warmer than normal the last 13 days, tomorrow's potent combination of wind and cold air may be a shock to the system.

TODAY

Mostly cloudy, light showers possible. 50-55. The first of two cold fronts will come through the area this afternoon. Southwest winds ahead of the front will boost temperatures into the low 50s. Some light showers are possible (40% chance), especially north of the metro area. Tonight, the second, more powerful cold front will blast through the region prior to dawn. Temperatures will drop down to near 30 in the colder suburbs to near 35 downtown.

Keep reading for a look ahead to the forecast for Sunday and the first half of the work week...

SUNDAY

Variably cloudy, windy and cold. 34-38. Extremely windy conditions will follow the passage of the front early in the morning as cold air rushes into the region. Morning temperatures in the 30s will not budge most of the day. Factoring in 25-35mph winds (gusting over 40), it will feel like the 20s. A stray flurry is possible -- particularly before noon and to the north and west of DC. Overnight, winds will drop and so will temperatures. Lows will range from the teens in the suburbs to low 20s downtown.

A LOOK AHEAD

Sunny skies for the return to work on Monday, but still chilly with highs near 40. Clouds increase Tuesday with temperatures warming into the upper 40s. On Wednesday, some rain is likely, with highs mostly in the 40s.

Still no signs of a snowstorm...

By Jason Samenow  | February 9, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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Comments

*33 and light snow showers at the moment, kinda reminds me what winter looks like :(

*Anyone else see the new commercials on ch9 where Topper touts "Winning best Met based on visitor comments on WaPo CapitalWeatherGangs votes? It's only about 20-30 seconds, SURPRISED no one has mentioned it here yet, seen it twice in 2 days.

*~sg-The "Steve Alert" I mentioned in yesterdays comments references when Steve would fervently post/defend his beliefs on Global Warming and sparked great (informative) debates and how they seem somewhat "tempered" since the move to the new house here

Posted by: Mike from the Blue Ridge | February 9, 2008 7:15 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the forecast! Although, this is something I do NOT want to see in your forecasts from now on.."Still no signs of a snowstorm..." :P

FIRE WATCH for the southern DC metro counties...
------------------------
FIRE WEATHER WATCH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
410 AM EST SAT FEB 9 2008

MDZ016-017-VAZ025>027-029-030-036>041-050>052-055>057-091700-
/O.NEW.KLWX.FW.A.0001.080210T1700Z-080211T0000Z/
CHARLES-ST. MARYS-AUGUSTA-ROCKINGHAM-SHENANDOAH-PAGE-WARREN-
NELSON-ALBEMARLE-GREENE-MADISON-RAPPAHANNOCK-FAUQUIER-ORANGE-
CULPEPER-PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK-STAFFORD-
SPOTSYLVANIA-KING GEORGE-
410 AM EST SAT FEB 9 2008

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
SUNDAY EVENING FOR CENTRAL AND NORTH CENTRAL VIRGINA AND PARTS
OF LOWER SOUTHERN MARYLAND...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A
FIRE WEATHER WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING.

STRONG WINDS AND DIVING HUMIDITY LATE SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH
SUNDAY EVENING ARE EXPECTED TO RESULT IN HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS FOR
BURNING. IF LITTLE RAIN IS RECEIVED TODAY...AND FUEL MOISTURES ARE
LOW ENOUGH...A RED FLAG WARNING MAY BE NECESSARY ON SUNDAY. FIRE
MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS SHOULD STAY ALERT FOR POTENTIAL HAZARDS
SUNDAY.

A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE POSSIBLE IN THE FUTURE. LISTEN FOR LATER FORECASTS AND
POSSIBLE RED FLAG WARNINGS.

$$
STRONG
-------------------
Mike, are you serious about Topper mentioning that? LOL - that's really funny. I don't watch channel 9, so I wouldn't have seen it. I might have to watch just to see that commercial...then change the channel back to 5. ;)

And I wonder if the Washington Post endorses Hillary Clintron? I have gotten nothing but "vote for hillary" and "donate to hillary" pop ups since I've gotten to the site. lol

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | February 9, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

2/17 "run" looks a lot more interesting then next weeks bust on 06z.

Posted by: ChrisfromVA | February 9, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

ChrisfromVA:

The 12z GFS still has the storm but keeps us on the warm side, beginning as a mix or freezing rain over to rain. The 18z will have other ideas.

The mid-week could still have some interesting twists.

Posted by: Augusta Jim | February 9, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

********RAIN************

Posted by: GREG | February 9, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Mike FTBR: Thanks for the Steve Alert explain! You know, I was actually hoping it was some sort of RSS or other notification system customizable to which CGW member posted. :-)

Posted by: ~sg | February 9, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

let it snow! let it snow!

Posted by: rjm | February 9, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Jason: I know I saw a post from you, posted after this article, discussing stitches on TV met's faces and Topper's pride in his CWG reader popularity....where did it go? I'm not hallucinating, I know I'm not. I only glanced at that post, and headed to this one for the forecast - now that other is gone!

Posted by: ~sg | February 9, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

~sg: The post you're referring to is back.

Posted by: Jason, Capital Weather Gang | February 9, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Jason!

Posted by: ~sg | February 9, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

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