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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 12/29/2008

Forecast: A Gradual Return to Winter

By Jason Samenow

Temperatures to turn steadily colder this week

* Later: Top 10 Weather Events of 2008 | Weather Checker Chimes In *


Today: Mostly sunny. 51-55. | Tonight: Partly cloudy and chilly. 32-38. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly sunny. 49-53. | A Look Ahead


Last week, temperatures staged an amazing climb. After a frigid Monday with a low of 16 and a high of 28, temperatures soared to a high of 70 Sunday (after a low of 50). This week, the mercury will head in the other direction, but not as dramatically. We start the week in the 50s today and likely fall to the 30s by the weekend. Accompanying the decline in temperatures may be some late week storminess, but probably in a form more wet than white.

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Today (Monday): While temperatures will drop 15 degrees today relative to yesterday, no big deal when you're falling from 70 to 55 in late December. Along with mild temperatures, expect lots of sunshine and a light breeze from the west. Confidence: High

Tonight: Sky conditions will vary between mostly clear and partly clouds as weak wave passing by to our north may produce some high clouds. Low temperatures will range from the upper 30s downtown to near near freezing in the colder suburbs. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the detailed forecast through the week.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): Mostly sunny skies are likely for the first half of the day followed by some increase in high clouds during the afternoon ahead of clipper approaching from the northwest. Temperatures should reach the low 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: The clipper will swing by to our north, bringing mostly cloudy skies and perhaps some rain and snow showers to the mountains. Lows will generally be in the mid-30s.Confidence: Medium


Behind the clipper, it turns noticeably colder New Year's Eve (Wednesday) and windy. Some snow showers may linger in the mountains, but in the metro region itself it should be dry albeit partly to mostly cloudy. Afternoon temperatures probably won't rise much...probably holding steady around 40. To ring in the New Year Wednesday night, it will likely be quite cold while remaining breezy, with lows 17-24 (suburbs-city). Confidence: Medium

Not as windy, but dry and chilly for the first day of the New Year (Thursday). Cool high pressure will likely produce mostly sunny skies and highs in the low 40s. Clouds increase late Thursday night, with lows 25-30 (suburbs-city). Confidence: Medium-High

Our next legitimate chance of storminess arrives Friday as an area of low pressure drops down from the northwest. Precipitation may begin as snow or mixed precipitation briefly before probably changing to rain. Highs should be in the 30s to near 40. As a new area of low pressure perhaps develop off the coast Friday night, the precipitation may change briefly back to snow before ending. It will turn windy with lows in the 20s. Confidence: Low

At the moment, the weekend is setting up to be cold and dry. Temperatures may struggle to reach freezing on Saturday and it will be windy. On Sunday, the wind should relax and temperatures may moderate slightly - reaching the upper 30s.Confidence: Low-Medium

By Jason Samenow  | December 29, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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As much as I hope for snow this winter....Yesterday was a great golf day besides the winds...I had to add 2 clubs to my irons...

VATechBob, I hope you are wrong about your warm winter predictions....As long as we get one snowfall, 5+ inches, Im satisfied.

Posted by: StormChaserMan | December 29, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Random question/comment...

Trying to prepare outdoor plans for the weekend of the 10th and 11th. It's wayyyy out there but does that not look like a very cold weekend?

Posted by: gony4983 | December 29, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else glad that we finally have sunshine back? I am certainly enjoying it.

gony4983, my best educated sense of how January's temperature pattern should run slightly above-average for the month..I would say chances are greater for a mild weekend rather than cold weekend. But specifics are impossible with that timeframe, regrettably!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | December 29, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Camden, how can you say a mild weekend!?
Todays 500mb is currently show a huge trough in the eastern part of the country. Id plan on a chilly to cold weekend!

Posted by: clintonportis17 | December 29, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse


Camden was not referring to this weekend-- which we think will be cold, but the following weekend, which is what gony4853 was asking about

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | December 29, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I understand now, I misread!
I apologize Camden. This is from the NWS:

Long story short! any potental?

Posted by: clintonportis17 | December 29, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Gony, reiterating, forecasts that far in advance aren't very reliable. But, the CPC believes you have a decent chance at being quite chilled:

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | December 29, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

The potential for Friday is evaporating.

January is looking very interesting with perhaps a significant winter storm before the 15th!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: AugustaJim | December 29, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Well, didn't see the whole windy thing happening in any forecast, but I did just finish cleaning up boxes I had put in out my trash that blew all over my neighborhood! :)

Posted by: kridgely | December 30, 2008 3:07 AM | Report abuse

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