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Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 12/ 9/2008

Forecast: Bring Back the 60s

By Matt Rogers

Big warm-up will be brief; wintry threat late week

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Today: All clouds. 48-52 | Tonight: A few showers, mainly late. 46-50 | Tomorrow: Showers and warmth likely. 61-65 | A Look Ahead


After several days of extremely unpleasant cold on the East Coast, the prospect of highs in the 60s tomorrow is certainly warm and inviting (and could offer some hallucinations of springtime!). But unfortunately, there is a catch. There will also be lots of clouds and plain rain too. And it will not last long as highs should be back down in the cold 30s by Thursday and especially by Friday. But hey it's December, so we should take it!

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Today (Tuesday): The warming process begins today due to winds from the south. Temperatures should pop into the upper 40s and lower 50s. Clouds will also be widespread and a slight chance for a shower late is also included (20%). Confidence: High

Tonight: Clouds will accompany the milder temperatures with scattered showers possible, especially towards morning. Look for lows in the middle to upper 40s. Our rain chances increase to 50% by dawn. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend.

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Tropical air out ahead of a storm system and associated cold front will drive strong warming into the area. High temperatures may reach the low-to-mid 60s. This will be the first time we have seen 60s since the middle of November. But rain is likely too with a 90% chance of occasional showers and thunderstorms. Winds from the south and southwest will be gusting upwards of 20-30 mph at times. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Northerly winds will return and any showers should end on the early side. It will turn colder, with lows dropping into the 30s. Chance of rain is 30%. Confidence: Medium


On Thursday, winds from the north will make for a chillier day in the lower 40s. By midday, a second storm system coming up the East Coast could introduce the threat for rain and/or snow across the area (50% chance right now). This scenario will need to be watched very closely. Confidence: Low-Medium

Friday should be cloudy and cold with rain and/or snow possible (50% chance) with highs only in the middle or upper 30s. Unfortunately, it is too early to talk about accumulation, and this may be more of a rain event. Stay tuned. Confidence: Low

The weekend should see general recovery in both temperatures and sky conditions as high pressure works into the area. One can expect highs in the lower 40s on Saturday and then upper 40s on Sunday. Lows should be in the upper 20s to lower 30s. And we should see more sun than clouds most of the time. Confidence: Low-Medium

By Matt Rogers  | December 9, 2008; 9:00 AM ET
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ack. if we don't get snow, i think i'm going to cry.

Posted by: strangldangel | December 9, 2008 6:28 AM | Report abuse

There seems to be a growing consensus among the various models to shift the track of the storm late week somewhat inland south of our latitude.

If this trend continues, the 95 corridor will be rain. The 81 corridor will still be under a wintry threat.

Posted by: AugustaJim | December 9, 2008 7:52 AM | Report abuse

So Wednesday's rain will be outta here before the temps head south, leaving us with nary a wet snowflake? And our only hope is now Friday's coastal storm? Mother Nature is not in the Christmas spirit, apparently.

Posted by: weathergrrl | December 9, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Looks like the big story (for DC) out of the Friday storm will be the potential for flooding.

Posted by: gfp76 | December 9, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

We never really had a chance of snow with the first system (Wed).

The possible coastal (#2) is our first real threat this season. Don't give up hope on the coastal idea. A shift in the track a little to the east is necessary for a true coastal. If this occurs, it would still put most of us in the "ballgame"

Posted by: AugustaJim | December 9, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Mother Nature doesn't have to send us snow to be in the Christmas spirit, because in this area, snow is VERY rare, especially around the holidays. Sorry folks, this isn't a snowy area. If lack of snow depresses you, move north. Michigan and Rhode Island might have really high unemployment, but they do get snow!

Posted by: SouthsideFFX | December 9, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Guess snowlovers will need to wish for a Christmas miracle ;)

Posted by: weathergrrl | December 9, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

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