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Posted at 9:30 AM ET, 11/29/2008

Forecast: Serene Saturday, Soggy Sunday

By Jason Samenow

* SkinsCast: Raw and Rainy *

If you didn't hit the stores yesterday, today won't be a bad alternative. A good deal of sunshine coupled with temperatures reaching well into the 40s will feel pleasant with little in the way of wind. Very late tonight and tomorrow, a developing storm will give us rain -- possibly mixing with sleet and/or snow north and west at the onset, making it great football watching weather (on TV, not so much in person). Unfortunately, unsettled weather will stick with us for the start of the work week.


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Partly sunny. 45-50. A sunny start to the day will gradually yield to an increase in mid- and high level clouds as high pressure moves offshore. Near freezing temperatures early in the morning will set their sights on 50 -- with the amount of cloud cover determining whether they make it.

Overnight, clouds lower and thicken. Some light precipitation may (50% chance) develop between towards dawn. The precipitation may start as a wintry mix of rain, sleet and/or snow, especially north and west of the beltway. No accumulation is expected with lows ranging from 32-37 (suburbs-city).

Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through Tuesday.


Rain. 40-45. Two areas of low pressure, from the south and from the west, will approach the region with periods of light rain during the morning. By mid-to-late afternoon, these lows will consolidate into a single storm causing the rain to pick up. The clouds and rain will hold high temperatures in the low 40s.

As the storm winds up Sunday evening, we should have a period of moderate rain. By midnight, the steady rain should taper off as the storm pulls away but intermittent showers will remain possible through dawn. It will become brisk and breezy, with low temperatures in the mid-to-upper 30s and a wind from the north at 10-20 mph.


Blustery conditions are likely Monday in the storm's wake along with a slight (20%) chance of some rain showers as a strong upper level disturbance jets through. High temperature will struggle into the mid 40s with gusty winds out of the west at 15-25 mph. Confidence: Medium

Sunny and more tranquil conditions return Tuesday -- but still chilly -- with highs near 40. Confidence: Medium-High

By Jason Samenow  | November 29, 2008; 9:30 AM ET
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29 degrees and mostly cloudy in the Valley this morning.

No big surprises have developed with the convoluted pattern for tonight into Monday. There is simply not enough cold air or source of cold air available for a serious wintry threat for most.

This storm is behaving too much like a Miller B when we need the A version.

Next weekend may be a different story, but that is still a week away.

Posted by: AugustaJim | November 29, 2008 7:40 AM | Report abuse

I guess the SLCB was premature. :(

Posted by: PeterBethesda | November 29, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse


I'm not sure premature is the right word. It indicated a 30% chance of accumulating snow, which is less than 1 in 3 odds...

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | November 29, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

so far this fall/winter culpeper va has the states low temp like 7 nights in a row. is this becoming the states cold spot? early this year and last year was the same thing. any chance the madison va rt 29 area will see a mix?

Posted by: deveinmadisonva | November 29, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

According to, already 31 degrees here

Posted by: Snowman_In_Herndon | November 29, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

we got snow sleet rain

Posted by: deveinmadisonva | November 29, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

radar is showing ice/sleet here [Fauquier Co] , but nothing is reaching the ground yet ;)

Posted by: weathergrrl | November 29, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I need to get another battery for my outdoor weather station so I can't say the temperature.... but we have sleet falling at this hour in Warren County.

Posted by: spgass1 | November 29, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Sleet is falling in Merrifield. It's already coating bushes and grassy areas; sidewalks and roads appear to be okay so far.

Posted by: --sg | November 30, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Sleeting here in upper NW DC as well.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | November 30, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Moderate sleet also falling - at times mixed with rain, at times all sleet - in Glover Park. It's a Festivus miracle.

Posted by: ParkerGP | November 30, 2008 1:17 AM | Report abuse

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