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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 01/ 8/2009

Forecast: Sunshine Returns, Big Time Cold Looms?

By Josh Larson

Wintry mix possible Saturday; Arctic outbreak next week

Early risers: watch out for some black ice as lingering puddles may have frozen overnight

* Later: Inauguration Weather and the 20th Amendment | Snow Poems *


Today: Mostly sunny; blustery. Low 40s | Tonight: Breezy. Upper 20s | Tomorrow: Sunny. Low 40s | A Look Ahead


Sunshine is back today and tomorrow, and accompanied by typically cold temperatures (and wind today mainly). But this cold may feel mild compared to the massive Arctic blast that may blow in next Tuesday, possibly accompanied by snow. And even before any severe cold arrives, Saturday's storm, which once looked to be a rain event, is no longer as clear cut -- at least a little snow could enter the picture. Winter weather fans: things are definitely looking up...

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Today (Thursday): Sunshine will make a triumphant return today after the past few days' dreary skies. Though afternoon highs will be in the low 40s -- right where they "should" be for this time of year -- a strong westerly wind of 15-30 mph will make it feel appreciably colder. I'd recommend dressing warmly and in layers. Breezy conditions continue tonight, with overnight lows ranging from the mid to upper 20s in most spots. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through the beginning of next week.

Tomorrow (Friday): With high pressure firmly in control, weather on Friday will fairly closely mirror today's conditions, though it won't be quite as breezy. You can expect a plethora of sunshine with highs near 40 and occasional west winds of 10 to 15mph.

Tomorrow night: Clouds will be on the increase Friday night -- though it will remain dry -- with overnight lows near 30 in most locations. Confidence: Medium-High


After two days of sunshine, clouds will prevail once again on Saturday as a cold front approaches from the west. This front and an associated area of low pressure will also trigger some precipitation. A period of snow and/or sleet may occur before a likely changeover to rain. Areas not that far north of the District may get some accumulating snow -- especially towards the Pennsylvania border. Highs will be in the 30s. Confidence: Low-Medium

As high pressure builds back into the area on Sunday, we're back to mostly sunny skies once again. It will be decidedly chilly, though, with afternoon highs only in the upper 30s; breezy conditions will probably make it feel even colder than what the thermometer reads. Clear and quite cold Sunday night, with overnight lows ranging from near 20 across the coolest suburbs to the mid 20s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

For most of the day Monday, you can expect partly to mostly sunny skies and continued below normal highs in the mid or upper 30s. Clouds likely increase late in the afternoon and overnight with snow showers possible as an Arctic cold front approaches. Temperatures may fall through the 20s overnight with increasing winds. Confidence: Medium

Brutally cold air may arrive Tuesday along with strong winds and intermittent snow showers. Temperatures may not rise much during the day (from the 20s). Confidence: Low-Medium

By Josh Larson  | January 8, 2009; 5:00 AM ET
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can we find any storms with this cold weather?

Posted by: rbmlingner | January 8, 2009 7:05 AM | Report abuse


I think with the cold pattern evolving, there will be some storms...long range models showing potential...but too early to say anything definitive.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 8, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

any idea of the timing of saturday's event? Afternoon, evening? Or too far out to say?

Posted by: weathergrrl | January 8, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse


Morning to afternoon most likely.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 8, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

A pattern seems to be emerging that will likely produce some of the coldest air we have witnessed in years as we approach mid January with several opportunities for snow.

I have a light dusting of snow this morning from overnight snowshowers. 32 degrees at 9 am.

Posted by: AugustaJim | January 8, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Hey It's snowing gangbusters out here! WT ...?

Posted by: weathergrrl | January 8, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Nice little snow shower in Chantilly

Posted by: Ebbi88 | January 8, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Yep, quite a bit of snow in the air here on the south end of Dulles airport. Nothing on the ground, though....

Posted by: LongtimeLurker1 | January 8, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Snowing heavily @ herndon, mini blizzard conditions.

Posted by: Snowman_In_Herndon | January 8, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

There are many accidents in my area, especially I64 across Afton Mt., from an early morning squall.

Schools opened two hours late.

Posted by: AugustaJim | January 8, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

snow flurries in capitol hill :)

Posted by: madisondc | January 8, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Good snow band set up over the District...nice little "oops".

Posted by: DullesARC | January 8, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

We've got light snowfall here in the western part of Alexandria. It started about 2.50 minutes ago.

Posted by: Strawberry23 | January 8, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Update: snowfall lasted less than five minutes. We're now back to partly sunny skies, very light winds.

Posted by: Strawberry23 | January 8, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Weather people - Are we ever going to get snow this year? My 3.5 year old daughter is asking me everyday and getting depressed. Fortunately I can distract her with Dora re-runs, but we need some snow in Rockville guys!!! Can you make this happen?

Posted by: authorofpoetry | January 8, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Ack! Mea culpa on missing that brief band of snow showers that was not at all well depicted by the computer models. Proof that meteorology is still an inexact art/science. ;)

Posted by: Josh-CapitalWeatherGang | January 8, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Where is the Snow Lovers' Ball?

Posted by: mbegin | January 8, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

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