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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 10/28/2008

PM Update: Race to Stay Warm

By Ian Livingston

More chilled air and wind on Wednesday

Our early taste of winter continues today as clouds hang tough and highs have struggled to get much above 50. Winds, gusting over 40 mph, are adding an extra chill to the air as well. Watch out for blowing debris on roadways during the commute home.

Tonight: If you are headed out to the High Heel Race in Dupont Circle at 9 p.m., you may want to throw on a coat -- it will be cold and windy with temperatures falling through the 40s. As the night wears on, clouds will remain overhead and temperatures will drop to near freezing in the coldest suburbs and the upper 30s in D.C. Winds will diminish a bit after midnight, but remain gusty from the northwest.

Tomorrow: Wednesday will start mostly cloudy, with a slight risk of a passing shower or snowflake (better odds of each as you head west). For the rest of the day, expect skies to clear a bit and temperatures to remain cold as gusty winds continue. Look for highs in the upper 40s to low 50s and winds from the northwest gusting as high as 35 mph during the day.

Snow: Yesterday's surprise rain in the area has become an historic October snowstorm for some places to our north. Portions of Pennsylvania and New York are starting to dig out from as much as a foot (highest totals in the mountains) of the frozen white stuff. Snow has been reported all the way to the coast in places like Toms River, New Jersey. NWS Mount Holly meteorologists even reported snowflakes the size of pancakes!

See Matt's full forecast through the warmer weekend.

By Ian Livingston  | October 28, 2008; 3:15 PM ET
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It's snowing (quite decently) in Maryland...this is a true statement. However, I am referring to the westernmost county in the state -- Garrett County. It's currently 29 degrees in the Deep Creek Lake area and upwards of 3-6" of snow is expected to fall in the next 24 hours.

If you're a true die hard snow fanatic (like myself), you need only drive 150 miles north and west of DC (to Frostburg, MD) -- which is actually east of Garrett and in Allegany County -- to see accumulating snow. And with gas prices dropping so suddenly....

Just sayin'...

Posted by: Josh-CapitalWeatherGang | October 28, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

As of this morning, some areas in west virginia on or just to the west of the Allegheny Front, had 5 inches of snow on the ground including Davis, Snowshoe and Richwood. Some of the highest elevations (above 4,000 feet) could possibly see close a foot by the end of the day tomorrow.

Posted by: jfva | October 28, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

jfva, sorry I forgot to mention WV. Yes, this outbreak of October snow is impressive!

Posted by: Josh-CapitalWeatherGang | October 28, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

soo what's the deal about the chance of snow for tomorrow? i dont see anything abt it on any other sites.... should i not hope for anything?

Posted by: strangldangel | October 28, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

@strangldangel I definitely would not get your hopes up. The best you can hope for is seeing a few flakes if you're in the right area. Basically, atmospheric temperatures tomorrow AM will be cold enough to produce snow, should it precipitate. But the latter is the main question; a couple models bring a minuscule amount of moisture over the area Wednesday morning which -- theoretically -- could produce a few flakes. But I have a strong suspicion that anyone who does see them will be in the small minority.

Posted by: Josh-CapitalWeatherGang | October 28, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

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