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Posted at 7:20 AM ET, 12/ 8/2008

Forecast: Bitter Start and End to Work Week

By Jason Samenow

Midweek: Big temperature swings with rain, maybe snow

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Today: Cold. 35-39 | Tonight: Increasing clouds. 25-30 | Tomorrow: Slight chance of p.m. shower, milder. Near 50 | A Look Ahead


Today and Friday are the two days that will be most alike this week, and they'll be downright cold, but dry. In between, the weather will take a roller coaster ride climbing towards 60 with periods of rain by Wednesday and then crashing back down into the 30s, with snow not out of the question on Thursday. The volatility sort of reminds you of the stock market, doesn't it?

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Today (Monday): While it will be extremely cold early this morning -- with many areas starting the day near 20 -- the wind won't be nearly as gusty as yesterday due to high pressure overhead. Partial sunshine will help those frigid early morning temperatures rise well into the 30s during the afternoon. Confidence: High

Tonight: Mid- and high level clouds will increase as winds from the south start to pump in some moisture. The warmer winds and blanketing effect of the clouds will prevent temperatures from falling like they did last night. It will still be chilly though, with lows 25-30 (suburbs-city). Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the detailed forecast through the week.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): Much milder air will arrive in the area as southerly flow increases. Despite considerable cloudiness, high temperatures will set their sights around 50 degrees. Some sprinkles are possible in the afternoon, but most shower activity should wait until overnight. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Moist flow from the south may trigger a few scattered showers (40% chance), but the steadier rain should wait until Wednesday. Overnight lows will be mild -- only dropping into the mid 40s. Confidence: Medium


Warm air will surge northward Wednesday before a potent cold front plows through the region during the afternoon bringing showers. The warm surge will help temperatures approach or even surpass 60, but then abruptly drop during evening as the front pulls away. As temperatures drop Wednesday night, a coastal storm may develop, bringing rain that could gradually mix with and/or change to snow late (towards morning). Confidence: Low-Medium

Rain and/or snow is possible Thursday into Thursday night. Temperatures will be much colder, with highs 33-38 and lows Thursday night 25-30 (suburbs-city). Confidence: Low-Medium

Friday will be partly cloudy, breezy, and cold, with highs in the mid 30s. A weak disturbance swinging through overnight could generate a few flurries; otherwise expect partly cloudy skies with lows 20-25. Confidence: Medium

Temperatures will moderate a bit over the weekend, with dry conditions and partly sunny skies. On Saturday, high temperatures will likely be near 40, with mid-to-upper 40s on Sunday. Overnight lows Saturday night should generally be in the mid 20s to around 30 (suburbs-city). Confidence: Medium

By Jason Samenow  | December 8, 2008; 7:20 AM ET
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18 degrees at 10 pm but warmed to 20 at 6am as a mid level stratus deck moved in.

Late week looks quite interesting.

The latest models are slowing the system with a late Thur./ Fri. impact now likely. The GFS is pulling away at least temporarily from a clean Miller A track, which would have given much of our area 3-6 inches of the white stuff. Now the GFS splits the system as upper level energy hangs back and shifts a primary into eastern Ky. This sets up a cad scenerio with ice storm potential for western areas but encourages warmth from the Atlantic to seep into the 95 corridor.

This is early and changes in the dynamics will occur before resolution, but the first sig. wintry threat is developing.

Posted by: AugustaJim | December 8, 2008 8:02 AM | Report abuse

You know, I believe today is Monday, not Thursday. Though that would be nice. Please change.

Posted by: cf07 | December 8, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse


Thanks for pointing that out. That's the danger of copy and paste sometimes... Fixed.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | December 8, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

SNOW PLEASE SNOW!!!! Sorry for yelling :) I just need some snow!!!

Posted by: jenniel73 | December 8, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

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