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Posted at 8:25 AM ET, 11/21/2008

Forecast: More Cold. More Flakes?

By Camden Walker

Some snow showers today; slightly warmer by Sunday

* Also on CWG: Photo Contest Winners | Late morning: Rogue Waves *

WeatherCamA chance of snow showers will be the opening act for our reinforced chilliness today and tomorrow. BUNDLE UP! Wind chills both days will struggle to get to freezing. The trend? From highs in the upper 30s today and tomorrow, to perhaps upper 40s Monday. Who knew upper 40s would sound so warm? After today's possible snow showers, our next chance of precipitation may be some rain showers on Monday.


Radar: Latest D.C. area radar loop shows movement of precipitation over past two hours. Powered by HAMweather. Refresh page to update. Click here to see radar bigger. Or see radar bigger on our Weather Wall.

Clouds and sun. Snow showers. Upper 30s. Our chilly streak (these temperatures would be below average even in January) will not only continue but be reinforced by yesterday's cold front. Most spots will only warm to the upper 30s. Brrr! Your chance of seeing a snow shower? About 50%. Winds will blow from the northwest around 15-20 mph with some higher gusts. Wind chills will likely stay in the 20s for most of the day.

Any snow showers should quickly dissipate this evening. But it will continue to be quite brisk as evening temperatures drop into the low 30s and winds persist. Clearing skies and diminishing winds will allow overnight lows to sink all the way to the mid 20s in D.C., upper teens to low 20s in the suburbs.

Confidence: Medium-High

This is crazy cold! How long will it last? Keep reading for the answer. See any snowflakes? Let us know using the comments link below, and upload any photos you get to our new photo gallery. Also, check out our 2008-09 Winter Outlook.


Sunny. Upper 30s. A good deal of sunshine won't do much to help temperatures. Highs only in the upper 30s will feel colder than that. We're talking wind chills in the 20s to near 30, thanks to breezes from the northwest around 15 mph and gusts to around 25 mph. Winds should let up some by late in the day.

Just a few clouds overnight, and light winds. Temperatures will head down to lows in the mid 20s in the city, upper teens to near 20 in the burbs.


Mostly sunny. Mid 40s. I hesitate to mention a less harsh day on Sunday. But it does look like winds will calm down from their recent persistence. Mostly sunny skies will lift frigid morning lows to afternoon highs in the mid 40s, which for a change will feel close to that mark.

Sunday night, partly cloudy and not quite as cold. Inside the Beltway may hover in the mid 30s by dawn, while outside of the Beltway bottoms around 27-31.


Monday, an approaching cold front could bring increasing clouds and some rain showers. The good news -- warmer air flowing in from the south could mean highs in the "balmy" upper 40s. Confidence: Medium

On Tuesday, highs could again reach the upper 40s under partly sunny skies, as winds pick up again and shower chances diminish. Confidence: Medium

By Camden Walker  | November 21, 2008; 8:25 AM ET
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Welcome to a frosty Friday. Late fall is sure off to a wintry start, no?

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | November 21, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

I am too depressed about the winter outlook to get any of my usual excitement for a few flakes going.... :(

Posted by: AnneinSand | November 21, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

I am too depressed about the winter outlook to get any of my usual excitement for a few flakes going.... :(

Posted by: AnneinSand | November 21, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Flurry Scurry 2008!

Hey all, Buster Dryground here. Snowy thinks he saw snow on the radar and is standing at the end of the driveway looking for flakes. Enough said there.

I'm seeing no weather advisory for D.C. or Northern Virginia and a lot of blue sky this morning. Ya'all keep looking though.

Posted by: snowynbuster | November 21, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Quite a nice band of snow to the east and northeast of D.C. Looks like some areas should be getting a bit of accumulation from it. Let's hope we get into some later!

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | November 21, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone else notice that some of the area bridges were pre treated this am? I noticed some in FFX County. Seems rather strange with the little, if any, snow outlook for today.

Posted by: McLeanPlnr | November 21, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Just had a 20 minute burst of some decent snowfall in Columbia, coating grass, cars and my jacket.

Posted by: IanK | November 21, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Light snow showers in Friendship Heights

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | November 21, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Here, just to the west of Baltimore, we've had enough snow to create a light dusting on the ground. It sure is strange to see snow in November!

Posted by: bachaney | November 21, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

snow in Arlington!

Posted by: AnneinSand | November 21, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Did you all see that Margusity plugged CapWx on his blog yesterday?

Posted by: gfp76 | November 21, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

GFP: Hadn't seen that. Thanks for pointing that out :)

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | November 21, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Snow in Lafayette Park a few minutes ago!

Posted by: wp112310 | November 21, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

It's currently snowing heavy here in eastern Baltimore County. Starting to stick on the ground. The sun was out for about an hour before this heavy band hit. I know in the summer the suns helps create instability. Is this the case for snow showers also? This band came in with high winds and very heavy snow.

Posted by: CarolinaMike | November 21, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

CarolinaMike-- You bet on sun and instability. Same mechanisms at work as during a spring thundershower. Sun heats ground, heat rises into very cold air aloft, and you get condensation, clouds and precip. Also, some spin in the atmosphere today enhancing the lift/instability.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | November 21, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the reply Jason! I have seen snow flakes on 3 days already and its not even Thanksgivings yet. Hopefully this is a precusor to things to come for the upcoming winter.

Posted by: CarolinaMike | November 21, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Heavy snow in Clarendon! Small but respectable flakes, no accumulation -- but the kind of swirling, heavy snowfall that I associate with points north of here. Occasional flakes around the rest of Arlington, but nothing so substantial as Clarendon.

Posted by: badmommy | November 21, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

For once, Im missing out on it...not a flake here in the LoCo bootheel...but the clouds are thickening north and west. We'll see. Stuck at about 36 degrees for the last few hours.

Posted by: DullesARC | November 21, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

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