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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 12/ 4/2008

Forecast: After Today, Back Into The Icebox

By Josh Larson

Is some white stuff coming our way?

* Redskins-Ravens Forecast | Late Morning: Ice Skating in Washington *


Today: Mostly cloudy. P.M. Shower? Low 50s | Tonight: Shower? 26-33 | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Upper 30s | A Look Ahead


A staggering 17 out of the last 18 days have featured below normal temperatures, and though we'll briefly pop back to normal levels today, temperatures will quickly head south on Friday and remain at much below normal levels through at least the start of next week. Cold high pressure will generally foster dry conditions, though some snow is not out of the question Saturday night associated with a reinforcing shot of cold air.

Clouds: Latest mid-Atlantic infrared satellite loop, courtesy Unisys. Click here to expand. Refresh page to update.

Today (Thursday): As winds turn southerly ahead of an approaching cold front, we'll see slightly milder high temperatures today in the low 50s (right were we should be for this time of year). Mostly cloudy skies will predominate, and a shower is a slight possibility during the afternoon, especially late. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: A 50/50 chance of showers this evening may make carrying an umbrella a wise choice. After any showers pass through, temperatures will drop quickly through the 30s. Overnight lows will be around 32 downtown and perhaps the mid-to-upper 20s across the cooler suburbs. Confidence: Medium

Keep reading for the frosty forecast through the beginning of next week.

Tomorrow (Friday): You'll probably want the full winter accoutrement of hat, gloves, scarf on Friday as northwesterly winds 5-10mph will push much colder air into the region courtesy a sprawling area of Canadian high pressure. Despite ample sunshine, afternoon highs will struggle to make it any higher than the upper 30s. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: Bundle up if you're heading out Friday evening, because once the sun goes down temperatures will quickly drop. Overnight lows will generally be in the low-to-mid 20s (suburbs to city). Confidence: High


Clouds will increase during the day Saturday ahead of a reinforcing shot of frigid air from Canada. Afternoon highs will again be in the upper 30s. An area of light snow may develop toward the evening hours, but is far from a done deal. Snow showers may continue into Saturday night, along with blustery winds, as temperatures drop into the 20s. Theoretically, a coating to an inch of snow is possible. Confidence: Medium

A mix of clouds and sun is probable on Sunday along with continued very chilly highs in the upper 30s. Blustery northwesterly winds, however, will probably produce wind chills in the 20s, making it feel even colder than Friday or Saturday. Clear and cold Sunday night, with lows from 20 in the coldest spots to the mid 20s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

The outlook for back-to-work Monday calls for mostly sunny skies with the fourth day in a row of afternoon highs likely not making it out of the upper 30s. Clouds may increase late in the day ahead of the next weather-maker which will probably produce rain later in the week. Confidence: Medium

By Josh Larson  | December 4, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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32 degrees and cloudy in the Valley this morning.

After a few showers later today, another cold blast rolls in.

The pattern recently, should forever throw cold water on the illusion that cold winters automatically result in more snow.
Nothing could be more removed from the truth.

The latest trend suggests another Miller b next week because as usual, Cold High Pressure races out to sea ahead of the low pressure system, which then cuts into the weakness to our west, followed by: you guessed it, ANOTHER COLD BLAST !!!!!

Posted by: AugustaJim | December 4, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Its possible that the storm next week could start as a mix or snow before changing to rain as usual! I'm hearing some talk of a storm late next week! I know its way to early but any thoughts?
I mean heck! if its not going to snow bring back the 80's and sunshine lol.

Posted by: clintonportis17 | December 4, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

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