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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 12/20/2008

Forecast: Clouds, a Quick Mix, then Cold

By Jason Samenow

Perhaps a little slick late tonight

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Today: Mostly cloudy. Near 40. | Tonight: Mix late. 30-34 | Tomorrow: A.M rain/mix, then blustery. Upper 30s. | A Look Ahead


As much as some recent forecasts have downplayed the brief bout of wintry weather possible tonight, some areas could become a little icy early Sunday a.m. But amounts will be light and most of it will have fallen before you've finished reading the Sunday morning paper. The weather more folks may notice is the wind and cold arriving behind the storm tomorrow afternoon into Monday.

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Today (Saturday): Add another day to our streak of little or no sunshine. Clouds will dominate again today and it will be chilly as cold air oozes southward behind last night's cold front. Highs should be near 40. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Snow lovers will have to hang their hopes on a very slight chance of seeing a few flakes before midnight. The bulk of the precipitation will fall later at night (70% chance) when temperatures will warm-up enough at about 5000 feet up to cause any flakes to turn to sleet, freezing rain and rain. From the District and south and east, I'm thinking there will be a mix of sleet and rain, with temperatures from 32-34. North and west of the District, the precipitation is more likely to be a mix of sleet and freezing rain, with temperatures from 30-32. It's these normally colder areas where iciness is most likely to develop. Overall precipitation amounts should be pretty light though, around 0.25" or less (of melted precipitation). Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast into early next week.

Tomorrow (Sunday): The wintry mix of precipitation will end rather quickly, tapering off from west to east between 8:00 and 11:00 a.m. For the afternoon, we may see some sunshine breaking through the clouds, but it will become quite blustery. High temperatures will probably only reach the mid-to-upper 30s, with winds from the northwest at 15-25 mph with higher gusts. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow Night: Don't leave home without a warm hat. It's going to be windy and very cold, with lows from the low 20s downtown to the upper teens in the suburbs. With winds from the northwest at 15-25 mph and gusty, wind chills will flirt with the single digits. Confidence: Medium-High


Strong flow from the northwest will keep it blustery and cold Monday. Despite some sunshine, highs may struggle to reach freezing, with wind chills in the teens and 20s all day long. Winds finally subside Monday night, and temperatures will drop like a rock. Low will range from 10-15 in the suburbs, to the upper teens in the city.Confidence: Medium-High

Tuesday will be mostly sunny and chilly, but not as cold as Monday. Highs should reach the mid-to-upper 30s. Confidence: Medium-High

By Jason Samenow  | December 20, 2008; 12:00 PM ET
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Okay - I am taking the snow loving thing too far if I am contemplating driving to PA today with my girlfriend and spending the night so that I can see some snow??

Posted by: snowlover | December 20, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse


Maybe you'll see an inch or two if you head up towards Harrisburg. Not sure if that's worth it...

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | December 20, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

snowlover, it might be worth the trip to Harrisburg if you take your girl to the Appalachian Brewing Company for dinner in their original location on Cameron Street downtown. Fabulous food and their own microbrews in a beautifully restored old industrial building; live music tonight, too. I lived in Harrisburg for a couple of years, so I can vouch...and, it would certainly be an affordable weekend getaway.

Posted by: --sg | December 20, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

The grinch is striking thrice. The last storm was rain, tonight's will be mostly rain, and now, despite a clear, cold, start to the week, it looks like temps Christmas Eve and Christmas Day may well be at or above 50 degrees.

Another year where Christmas is warmer than Thanksgiving? Looking likely!

Posted by: jahutch | December 20, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

idont know if im right but i think last year the first acumlating snow was in late january or the start of febuary is that right jason

Posted by: redskinsfan01 | December 20, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

37 inches of snow(yes he said 37 inches)in Hayden Lake Idaho, with another 5-8 inches on the way. The temperature this AM is 3 degrees "warming" to @12. So far, Safeway has reported no shortages of bread, milk or toilet paper. Chances are good we will have a white Christmas.

Posted by: slim2 | December 20, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse


You don't have to rub it in....

Posted by: Jamie66 | December 20, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, after Wed. the temps will be above average, & a less than 1% chance of snow. Looks like another nonsnow Dec. except 4 the trace earlier in the month. Afraid Jan. is looking warmer than I originally thought.

Posted by: VaTechBob | December 20, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Last winter we had 4.9" of snow, Dec 5- 2.6", Jan 17- 1.3" & Feb 20- 1". Already 2.6" behind last yrs. pathetic total, but hope does spring eternal.

Posted by: VaTechBob | December 20, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

snowlover, i feel your pain. i almost hopped a plane to vegas last week...

as a DC native, i'm used to not having white Christmases, but i wish it would at LEAST be cold! there's something about heading out in a t-shirt and a hoodie that is decidedly UN-Christmasy.

Posted by: dinergirl | December 20, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable snow here in Portland, Oregon. It has been snowing for one week straight! Unbelievable! My father-in-law has lived here for 39 years and he said he has NEVER seen anything like this in Oregon before.

And, according to the forecast, we too will have a white Christmas. The forecast calls for five more days of snow/sleet and cold.

God bless global warming!

Mr. Q.

Posted by: Mr_Q | December 20, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Dinergirl -

I so agree with you. Expecting or even hoping for a White Christmas around here is really too much, but hoping for average or below average temps always seems reasonable. Alas, it never happens, or at least not that I can recall since I've been on the east coast. Seems like the vast majority of Christmases have been in the 50s. Welcome to San Francisco! :).

That being said, I read on another weather board that even as far north as Maine, Christmas Eve is *renowned* for ending up being a warm and possibly rainy day, moreso than other days in December. I guess the weather grinch is alive and well!

Posted by: jahutch | December 20, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Seems like temps are a bit cooler than anticipated - any chance we might see a bit more frozen precip than first thought? Thx!

Posted by: snowlover | December 20, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse


No. The forecast has not changed in a big way. If/whenever there is a meaningful change to the forecast, we'll typically post something new.

Having said that, the fact it's a few degrees colder than forecast may allow for a little slickness in DC and the close-in suburbs...whereas b4 it was more marginal. Still what little precip falls tonight will do so when almost everyone is asleep. This is a minor impact event. I may do a short update post around 5 p.m.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | December 20, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

now how is it your post change from 5am to 12 noon?

Posted by: deveinmadisonva | December 20, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Deve-- Just tweaked a couple things and updated the time stamp when I did. No substantial changes to the forecast. The next update will be around 5 p.m.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | December 20, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Winter Weather Advisory issued for places north and west of i95.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | December 20, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

What are the chances for a white Christmas?

Posted by: rusty6 | December 20, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse


Close to zero chance of a White Christmas.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | December 20, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Close to the same as finding two holes in one doughnut!!

Posted by: AugustaJim | December 20, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

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