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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 12/12/2008

PM Update: Clouds Fade But Cold Remains

By Ian Livingston

Bright moon tonight; Sunny Saturday in store

* 2009 Washington Area Weather Calendar *

Webcam: Latest view of D.C. from the Netherlands Carillon at Arlington National Cemetery. Courtesy National Park Service. Refresh page to update. See this image bigger on our Weather Wall.

Mostly cloudy skies, and cold winds occasionally gusting over 30 mph from the northwest, helped hold temperatures within a few degrees of 40 across the area today. Breaks in the clouds are becoming more widespread this afternoon and that trend will continue into the evening. Winds won't subside too much till very late night, so prepare for wind chill values in the 20s if headed out this evening.

Tonight: Clouds left over from today will diminish overnight, leaving the area mostly clear by morning. Winds will also begin to subside late, but may still gust through the night. Lows will range from the low 20s in the far northwest suburbs to the upper 20s in D.C. and southeast.

Tomorrow: Saturday will feature lots of sun and chilly daytime temperatures. High pressure will begin its multi-day stay in the area, resulting in a diminished wind as well as sunny skies. Even with sunshine, highs will only make it back up into the upper 30s and close to 40 -- below average for this time of year.

Tonight in Space: With a mostly clear night upcoming, check out the sky! The moon will pass at its closest orbital range to Earth overnight some 350,000 km away. This is the first time in 15 years that this has occurred, and the moon will appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than other full moons this year. If you decide to check out the moon, also be on the lookout for the Geminid meteor shower nearing peak.

See Camden Walker's forecast into next week.

By Ian Livingston  | December 12, 2008; 3:15 PM ET
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The GFS shows NIL in terms of snow for the next fourteen days, save for a minor system on the 21st. This might not be the snowy December we hoped for.

Posted by: KBurchfiel | December 12, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

I am going to go ahead say december is going to be pretty much snowless! No surprise right? Not to mention it is only december! but I think this winter will be no different then last, and that being another boring one. Lets just face facts folks, The DC,MD,and Va and really the whole I-95 are just don't get real snowstorms anymore. Everything that can work against it does and IMO will continue to do so. I don't care if the models show a snowstorm 3 days away, the chances of it happening are grim, Around here anyway. I think its safe to say now that if you want a true snowstorm, your in the wrong place :(

Posted by: clintonportis17 | December 12, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

It is really hard to predict the future but we will soon be getting to the point where:

1) We will get through January with a few minor events.

2) Feb. will roll around and after the first two weeks we start talking about sun angle and melting snow on road surfaces.

3) Always hold out hope for a storm the first or second week in March only to be dissapointed.

Winter is over. Time for the RAINS of Spring. Anyone wanna guess when the Cherry Blossoms will be blooming? My guess --- March 30, 2009.

Posted by: GregRAINMAN | December 12, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

There was some ice today at the higher elevations in the Virginia Blue Ridge. I posted a picture at if interested.

This evening, we had a few flurries... but there were some breaks in the clouds earlier to see the moon. It didn't really look any different to me than any other full moon. Still, it's nice. I haven't seen any shooting stars tonight.

Posted by: spgass1 | December 12, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Snow shower moving through here in Arnold. I was surprised to walk outside to find snow flakes falling, really a pretty sight during the very quiet and cold hours of the early morning.

Posted by: arnoldkh | December 13, 2008 3:33 AM | Report abuse

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