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Posted at 8:15 AM ET, 12/12/2008

Forecast: Wind & Cold Return Before Warm-up

By Camden Walker

* Later: CWG Photographer Kevin Ambrose's 2009 Weather Calendar *

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Morning rain/snow showers. No accumulation. Windy. Near 40 | Tonight: Mostly clear & breezy. Upper 20s | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Around 40 | Sunday: Mostly sunny. Mid-to-upper 40s | A Look Ahead

FORECAST IN DETAIL

WeatherCamAfter the chance of some morning rain or snow showers, here comes the wind and a rather cold couple of days. But temperatures recover nicely by Monday -- well into the 50s -- with a rain shower on Monday being our next chance of precipitation.

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Today: Precipitation should be pretty much finished by late morning, followed by at least partial clearing and gusty winds from the northwest (sustained near 15-20 mph, gusting to around 25-30 mph). Temperatures will be mostly steady in the upper 30s to near 40. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Wear a scarf. Maybe I should find my earmuffs, too. It'll be mostly clear and breezy from the northwest. Lows in the upper 20s. Confidence: High

What about that warm-up? Keep reading for the forecast into next week...

Tomorrow (Saturday): No warm-up just yet -- highs only about 40. But at least we'll have a reprieve from those gusty winds! Tapering to 5-10 mph by the afternoon. I don't know about you, but even with the chilly air, I'll be out soaking up the mostly sunny skies after a considerably cloudy week.

Tomorrow Night: With partly cloudy skies and light winds, downtown should dip to near 30. Mid-to-upper 20s in the suburbs. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday: Another mostly sunny day! Sounds good to me. Sound good to you? Somewhat warmer temperatures -- highs in the mid-to-upper 40s -- will make it a nicer day to get out and do some of that shopping. Sunday night, lows should bottom in the upper 30s to low 40s.

A LOOK AHEAD

Monday looks to be a mild one. Highs could reach the upper 50s with increasing clouds and a small chance of a shower. Confidence: Medium

More clouds and a better chance of showers on Tuesday. Highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Confidence: Low-Medium

By Camden Walker  | December 12, 2008; 8:15 AM ET
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Comments

precip is pretty light out there right now

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | December 12, 2008 8:00 AM | Report abuse

sunshine, now, in Silver Spring!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | December 12, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

1.80 rainfall last 48 hrs.

A few flakes of snow early this morning, but as usual so far this season, most of the snow falls 25-75 miles to my west.

Beginning early next week, we are likely to enter a 10 day period of rather unsettled weather with several opportunities for precip. as we approach Christmas.

Posted by: AugustaJim | December 12, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

AJim-precip meaning of the usual warm variety?

Posted by: manassasmissy | December 12, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

At least 17 daily rainfall records have been set through the Mid Atlantic and Northeast, including some all-time December records.

Posted by: CapitalClmate | December 12, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

manassasmissy:
The 10 day period from Dec. 15-25 appears to be an e/w battle of cold and wintry precip. to the north and warm with rain to the south.

We are in the battle zone. If high pressure ridging especially aloft to the s.e. and s. weakens a little, we could be in the wintry zone.

Posted by: AugustaJim | December 12, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

West Springfield (Accotink Lake/Mixing Bowl): Storm total = 1.77" rain. No snow, ice or nuttin' frozen.

Posted by: bikerjohn | December 12, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, unfortunately it looks like we may be entering an above-normal temperature regime for a while, with the SE Ridge re-asserting itself. As has been the case for the past few years, the storm track appears to be WELL to our west, with this area solidly in the warm/rain sector of storms. This is all subject to change of course, and hopefully we will go back to the colder pattern in time for Christmas. Hard to say much of anything that far out though!

I have noticed a trend in this area - cold late Nov/early Dec, and warm for Christmas. Seems to be that way for several years now. Oh well, all a snow lover can do is wait and hope - or move to New Orleans! =P.

Posted by: jahutch | December 12, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately 4 us snow lovers, the temps the next 10 days will b above average. White Christmas looking less likely.

Posted by: VaTechBob | December 12, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Why are you guys so obsessed with snow? It's just way too cold up here.

Posted by: bastings | December 12, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Why are we always about 5 or 10 degrees away from a blizzard?! Will we ever again have a "Camden's Crazies" night?

Posted by: dcwarren | December 12, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

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