Forecast: No Go for Accumulating Snow Tonight
Today: Mostly cloudy. 37-40. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Flurries? 24-27. | Tomorrow:
Mix of clouds and sun Chance of light snow. 30-33. | A Look Ahead
FORECAST IN DETAIL
Snow lovers lament while inauguration planners rejoice: any chance we had for a significant snow tonight has gone by the wayside (update: but see Chance of Light Snow Tomorrow). The flakes we squeeze out late this afternoon or tonight will probably be of the conversational variety with little or no accumulation. Cold weather will remain the story. Even as it relaxes some today, it will re-assert itself tomorrow and Inauguration Day.
Today (Sunday): An approaching cold front and moist flow from the south will produce considerable cloud cover. The southerly flow will also help temperatures climb up to near 40 degrees -- a welcome (but temporary) relief from the recent bitter cold for afternoon concert-goers at the Lincoln Memorial. Don't be completely surprised if there's a stray flurry late in the afternoon. Confidence: Medium-High
Tonight: The storm that once offered snow potential will get its act together too far to the northeast to enhance snow chances tonight. Instead, a passing cold front provides merely a 30% chance of the white stuff. It could snow enough to coat your car by early morning but don't expect much more than that. Skies will continue to be cloudy with overnight lows in the mid-20s. Winds will be shifting to out of the northwest around 10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High
Keep reading for the forecast through your mid-week...
Tomorrow (M.L.K. Jr. Day): [Update: this forecast has been updated to include a 50% chance of snow throughout the day. See: Alert: Chance of Light Snow Tomorrow.]
The morning will continue to hold a slight chance of flurries (20%) but again, accumulations will be very minimal. While it will be warmer than we saw late last week, mostly cloudy skies and a biting wind from the north at around 15 mph will keep conditions very winter-ish. Afternoon highs will be just above freezing with wind chills in the 20s. Confidence: Medium
Tomorrow Night: Monday night will continue our frigid stretch of weather. I can't rule out a stray flurry or two but most will only be seeing mostly cloudy skies. Temperatures will again fall into the upper teens for most of us, with the lower 20s downtown. Winds will continue to make it feel colder than it is, blowing out of the northwest at 5-15 mph.
If you're one of the millions heading downtown on Inauguration Day, be sure to check out our very cold, detailed Inauguration Weather Forecast...
On Wednesday, mostly sunny conditions return to our area, though don't expect much of a warm up. At least, visitors will have clear sailing on their way out of town after the celebrations. We'll be seeing plenty of sun and afternoon highs in the mid 30s to greet the return to work for most of us. Confidence: Medium
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