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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 01/ 7/2009

Forecast: A Wet Wednesday; Snow Still a No-Show

By Dan Stillman

* Kennedy Inauguration Weather | Later: InaugurationCast and Snow Poems *


Today: Morning rain tapers to scattered p.m. showers. Low 40s. | Tonight: Partly cloudy and breezy. Low 30s. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny and breezy. Near 40. | A Look Ahead


Another storm and another goose egg in the snow column. Today's raw rain might even have snow haters wishing for a few flakes. Alas, I don't see any of the white stuff over the next several days. But hey, if the Wizards can beat the Cavs on something as improbable as a LeBron James traveling call, then surely snow lovers will eventually catch their break, too.

Radar: Latest D.C. area radar loop shows movement of precipitation over past two hours. Powered by HAMweather. Refresh page to update. Click here to see radar bigger. Or see radar bigger on our Weather Wall.

Today (Wednesday): Rain will likely be heavy at times through the morning, then tapering to scattered showers in the afternoon. Overcast skies will limit highs to the low 40s with light winds. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Becoming partly cloudy and breezy as winds from the west dry us out and overnight lows dip to the low 30s. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Thursday): It's looking quite breezy for Thursday with winds from the west at 15-25 mph and some higher gusts. Highs should make it to around 40 under partly sunny skies. Maybe a snow flurry. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Less breezy (but not totally calm) and partly to mostly clear. It'll be colder than tonight, with lows around the average for this time of year, in the 20s. Confidence: High


Friday will be a quiet weather day to end the work week. Mostly sunny skies may see increasing clouds late in the day with highs near 40. Then, partly cloudy Friday night with lows near 30. Confidence: High

The next cold front approaches Saturday with clouds, the chance of a few showers, and highs potentially making it into the 50s before the front comes through. Turning windy Saturday night as lows dip to the 20s. Confidence: Medium

The way it looks now, the sun comes back on Sunday. But gusty winds may linger, making already chilly highs in the 30s feel more like the 20s. Confidence: Medium

Our next wintry threat?... could arrive by late Monday or Tuesday. The odds of one of these storms bringing show have to increase as we get deepr into January, right? Confidence: Low

By Dan Stillman  | January 7, 2009; 10:45 AM ET
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Winter in D.C., HATE...

Posted by: VAStateOfMind | January 7, 2009 6:22 AM | Report abuse

Hot tea: A reason to live on a day like today (and yesterday).

Posted by: --sg | January 7, 2009 7:14 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone else notice "weather by the square inch" with the event last night? I live in Herndon (town of) and there wasn't a speck of ice in sight on any trees on my street (and the cars were clear also). When I got to Sunrise Valley Dr in Reston, where I work, I noticed that all the trees were showing light coats of ice. Yes, the golf course is somewhat more open (and away from bulidings), and yes, that area is slightly higher elevation, but is that enough??

Posted by: fsd50 | January 7, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Is there a record for longest steady temperature ? If there is I think we may have broken it - for the last 24 hours it has been 32 +/- 2 deg F.( G'burg)

Posted by: MDScot | January 7, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse


When temperatures are within a degree or so of freezing, elevation and microclimates are a big deal. So not at all surprising to hear that you could drive a short distance and change from wet to icy...

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | January 7, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Anyone notice the GFS runs hinting at some activity around Inauguration? Unfortunately the NAO is predicted to shift back to the positive. At this point I would guess rain based on the pattern so far this season, but it could be fun to watch over the next couple of weeks.

Posted by: jb41477 | January 7, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

yucky dc weather today...

Posted by: madisondc | January 7, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

It feels like all of the potential major weathermakers the past three years have tracked to the West of the Appalachians. Is the age of the Noreaster dead? Probably not, but this is one hell of a snow drought.

I need to move.

Posted by: hobbes9 | January 7, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I'm hearing thunder in Centreville.

Posted by: mchristinaw | January 7, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

12z GFS has brutal cold around the 14th... mid-day temperatures in the low teens for the area.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 7, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Radar has lots of storms developing!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 7, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know a good place to find local precipitation totals? Arlington, specifically. TIA

Posted by: rmontcal | January 7, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

when is the potentiall dates for these upcoming storms

Posted by: redskinsfan01 | January 7, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

when is the potentially dated for these upcoming storms??

Posted by: redskinsfan01 | January 7, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

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