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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 11/18/2008

PM Update: Midwinter-Like Chill Grips Area

By Ian Livingston

Cold and breezy conditions Wednesday

*** Coming Tomorrow: CWG's Winter Outlook & Live Chat (at 1p.m.) ***

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Midwinter-like chill has settled in, and it has brought conversational snow showers along -- the trace of snow recorded at National Airport is a record for the date. Highs generally reached the upper 30s to around 40, and temperatures will fall back through the 30s as we head toward evening. Wind gusts as high as 30-35 mph are creating afternoon wind chill values in the mid 20s.

Remaining snow showers will dwindle as the sun sets, but bundle up if headed out this evening because it will be very cold!

Tonight: Get ready for the coldest night of the season so far. As clouds depart and skies trend mostly clear, lows will range from the low 20s in the coldest suburbs to the upper 20s in D.C. Winds will slacken overnight, but they should continue to blow from the northwest up to 20 mph early before weakening to around 10 mph by morning.

Tomorrow: January-like conditions continue Wednesday. Look for a little less in the way of clouds during the day, which will not matter much when it comes to temperatures, as highs should only rise to around 40 in most locations. Winds will also be lighter than today, though still somewhat of a nuisance, as they occasionally gust over 15 mph from the northwest.

See Matt's full forecast through the weekend.

By Ian Livingston  | November 18, 2008; 3:15 PM ET
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Chiming in from Boulder, CO: the irony of this weather pattern (deep trough over eastern half of the nation; sprawling ridge over the western half) means that DC is DC is actually experiencing significantly more wintry weather than we are here in Colorado (and most of the western US). We had our latest first snowfall of the season ever in the past 50 years last Friday (which was hardly more than a trace of snow) and we broke a record high set back in 1999 today by hitting 76 degrees. This pattern seems quite stuck: so, while the east looks noticeably cooler and potentially stormier than normal over the next 10+ days, the western US will continue to see abnormally warm & dry conditions. But logic says this pattern has to switch at some point and I have a feeling it will in a dramatic way by the end of the first week of December...

Posted by: Josh-CapitalWeatherGang | November 18, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Pickens West Va. had 13 inches of snow on the ground at 7 am. Kumbrabow WVa. had 16 inches during the past 24 hrs.

Folks in the East have been lulled into nonsense during the past 12 years.

Posted by: AugustaJim | November 18, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

According to the Snowshoe website, they have received 29 inches of snow since saturday, most of which fell today and last night!!! I don't remember an upslope ever producing so much snow.

Posted by: jfva | November 18, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

the website is

Posted by: jfva | November 18, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

an upslope event i should say*

Posted by: jfva | November 18, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse


What exactly do you mean by that comment?

Posted by: LAWNMAN209 | November 18, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

a nice looking band of Bay Effect snow is effecting southeastern VA right now south of Chincoteague!

Posted by: jfva | November 18, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

"Folks in the East have been lulled into nonsense during the past 12 years." - Augusta Jim

Yes indeed - and in so, so, SO many ways...

Posted by: --sg | November 18, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

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