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Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 11/19/2008

Forecast: Winter Cold Coming on Strong

By Jason Samenow

* Also on CWG: Our Winter Outlook & Live Chat (1 p.m.) | Weather Wall *

The calendar says fall, but the coldest weather since late last February has arrived and appears to be going nowhere. We probably won't escape the 40s at least through the weekend (and possibly through much of next week) despite average highs in the mid 50s. This cold pattern is a dry one, with a Thursday night or Friday snow flurry the only possible precipitation through the weekend.


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Partly sunny and cold. 37-41. Don't forget your gloves this morning, as most spots will be in the 20s when you get up and head out. By noon, sunny skies will help increase temperatures to the mid 30s . Then, some high clouds may move in during the afternoon capping high temperatures around 40 degrees. Winds from the northwest at 10-15 mph will make it feel at or below freezing much of the day.

Partly cloudy overnight with lows 26-31 (suburbs-city).

Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend.


Partly to mostly cloudy. Mid 40s. A cold front will roll through the region during the day. Some modestly milder air may leak into the area before the front passes, but with winds kicking up to 10-20 mph, it probably won't feel a lot warmer than the past two days.

Thursday night, the first of two weak disturbances will ripple through, possibly producing a snow flurry or two. Lows should fall to 25-29 (suburbs-city) under mostly cloudy skies.


Flakes fly amidst the autumn foliage yesterday in Oakton, Va. By Capital Weather Gang photographer Kevin Ambrose.

Friday will probably be a lot like yesterday: very windy due to strong flow from the northwest at 15-25 mph with highs near 40. Sky conditions will likely alternate between periods of clouds and sun with the chance (20%) of a snow flurry or two. Friday night skies clear, with lows 20-26 (suburbs-city). Confidence: Medium

Cold high pressure builds in for the weekend. Saturday stands to be a mostly sunny but crisp day, with highs only in the upper 30s. On Sunday, the core of the cold should retreat northward, allowing temperatures to recover into the mid 40s under partly sunny skies. Confidence: Medium

By Jason Samenow  | November 19, 2008; 9:00 AM ET
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*Waits for Winter Outlook with immense anticipation*

It's COLD! I don't think I ever remember it being 26 degrees so early -- let alone having a snow shower this early. I hope it's a sign of things to come :) (I guess we'll have to wait til mid-morning to find out if it is a sign!)

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | November 19, 2008 6:13 AM | Report abuse

The only reason I logged on this morning was to see the winter update as advertised. Now you make me wait (in anticipation) to read this "mid-morning"....uggghhh!

Posted by: stinkerflat1 | November 19, 2008 8:11 AM | Report abuse

A high of 40 with 15mph+ winds on Friday? Upper 30's on Saturday? Brrrrrrrrrr.

Where did Fall go? This is like the heart of winter right now. Josh, your pattern change can't get here soon enough.

Posted by: JJones-CapitalWeatherGang | November 19, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

I just want to say that we STILL haven't had to turn on the heat in our apartment. We live in a high rise and all of the apartments around us are warming ours up just right. I wonder...if last night wasn't cold enough, what's it going to take?

And does this count as reducing my carbon footprint if I'm just letting all the people around me heat my apartment? Seems like cheating to me.

Posted by: LaurainNWDC | November 19, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Yikes -- At the noon hour, wind chills still in the mid 20s at all three airports.

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | November 19, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Check out the new NWS forecast for!

Posted by: DullesARC | November 19, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

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