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Posted at 4:50 PM ET, 12/ 5/2008

PM Update: Cold Tonight; Light Snow Tomorrow?

By Ian Livingston

Flakes could fly late Saturday, followed by windy Sunday

* Snow Lover's Crystal Ball | Solid Start to Ski Season | SkinsCast *

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We said it would be cold today, and it certainly was! Mostly sunny skies have been no match for this most recent invasion of chilly air, and temperatures have only risen into the upper 30s to around 40 this afternoon. Fortunately, winds have begun to decrease, so wind chill values are not much lower than the actual air temperature. Cold continues -- and gets even colder -- this evening and overnight.

Tonight: Mostly clear skies and fairly light winds will lead to a very cold one overnight. Temperatures will tumble to near 20 in the colder suburbs and into the mid 20s in D.C. Throw on a thick coat over the party-wear if headed out this evening.

Tomorrow: Saturday may start with some sun, but clouds will be on the increase as highs, yet again, only climb to the upper 30s to near 40. A clipper passing by well to the north (generally not that favorable for accumulations in the area) will attempt to throw some snow flurries and/or light snow at us during the Saturday evening hours and into the overnight.

Minor accumulations -- a dusting to perhaps a half-inch -- are within the realm of possibility if all comes together right. But as of now, as detailed in the Snow Lover's Crystal Ball, chances are greater for no accumulation at all.

Nor'easter Next Week? Some medium-range modeling is suggesting a storm will form on the east coast middle-to-late next week. For example, today's run of the Global Forecast System model has a Nor'easter moving up the coast Thursday and Friday, bringing the area heavy mixed precipitation (and mostly snow just to our west). It's way too early to have any real confidence about precipitation type, or even if a storm will be there at all. But, as a snow lover it's nice to dream, no? :-)

See Camden's full forecast into next week, including a blustery Sunday.

By Ian Livingston  | December 5, 2008; 4:50 PM ET
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Comments

Could it be that after almost 4 years in my house in Loudoun County that my investment is realized and I see a true Snowstorm late next week? While the home values drops at least give me snow dropping from the sky!

Posted by: GregRAINMAN | December 5, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Greg:
You will probably see snow falling during the next 36 hrs. if you watch carefully.

We need a pattern change to have a real threat. The pattern has been too COLD with high pressure diving too deeply then scooting off the coast in advance of low pressure systems.

This may change later next week or beyond.

Posted by: AugustaJim | December 5, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Wonder what has happened to all the posters, usually just a mention of the word snow would bring out 25-30 posts.

Posted by: VaTechBob | December 5, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

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