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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 01/15/2009

Inauguration Weather Forecast: Cold, Flaky?

By Jason Samenow

CWG's Full Forecast Through Inauguration Weekend

Tuesday, January 20, 2009
21-26F 28-33F Mostly cloudy 25%
There's little doubt left it's going to be a cold day. Temperatures will probably start the day in the 20s, rising to around freezing (plus or minus a few degrees) for the swearing in, and then maxing out around the mid-30s mid-afternoon (plus or minus a few degrees).

The wild card is the possibility of a fast-moving disturbance rippling through the region and producing considerable cloudiness along with some light snow or flurries. As this disturbance hasn't even formed yet, it's too early to predict its timing and how much snow, if any, it will produce. Stay tuned.

Confidence: Low-Medium

*Swearing in is scheduled for noon.


Bush, 1989: Noon Temp: 51F. It was mostly cloudy, mild, and breezy.

History fact courtesy National Weather Service.

Related Links: Inauguration Weather Features | Previous Inauguration Weather Forecasts | Inauguration Central

By Jason Samenow  | January 15, 2009; 11:15 AM ET
Categories:  Inauguration, Inauguration Forecasts  | Tags:  inaugural forecast, inaugural weather, inauguration forecast, inauguration weather, inauguration weather forecast, obama forecast, obama weather  
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I'll be the one to ask a stupid question.

So is rain out of the question? I'll take snow over rain.

Posted by: jeter6nyy | January 15, 2009 7:50 AM | Report abuse

What about wind? Read earlier that preliminary forecasts called for gusts in the 20-30 mph range...

Posted by: jhorstma | January 15, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Yes, what about the wind on Tuesday? This morning was plenty cold, but manageable, until the wind whipped up.

Posted by: LadyWesley | January 15, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

re: the wind

At the moment, the wind doesn't look to be a big deal, but may be around 10-15 mph...which would add to the chill somewhat.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 15, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse


Yes--I'd say rain is pretty much out of the question.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 15, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, I'm so worried about global warming!! I hope Al Gore wears a short-sleeve polo shirt to show us all how the United States is melting due to the extreme year-round heat he is so worried about. ha ha

Posted by: Phil6 | January 16, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

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