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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 01/ 8/2009

PM Update: Mainly Clear After Morning Action

By Ian Livingston

Major cold on the horizon? What about snow chances?

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After early-morning black ice and a late-morning, quick-moving "flurry storm," skies have been partly to mostly sunny throughout the day. Highs have reached the low 40s across the area, but gusty winds from the west have kept wind chills locked in the 30s. We'll see mostly clear skies continue through the evening and into the night.

Tonight: Mostly clear skies will be accompanied by typically chilly mid-winter temperatures. The suburbs should get into the mid 20s while those in D.C. stay closer to the upper 20s. Winds of today will subside a bit, but continue to blow around 10-15 mph.

Tomorrow: Friday will be mostly sunny early with some clouds arriving later in the day. And it'll be chilly with highs topping out right around 40 and winds continuing around 10 mph.

Cold... Snowy? So far, winter has been disappointing for local snow lovers. Is that about to change? Just in time for the normally coldest part of the year, next week looks to feature frigid Arctic air, with the latest data suggesting bitter cold could arrive around Wednesday, give or take a day. CWG's Matt Rogers explores the anticipated cold spell in detail over on We'll have to watch for some wintry threats, both before and after the cold arrives.

See Josh Larson's forecast through the beginning of next week.

By Ian Livingston  | January 8, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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HPC is a bit bullish (mainly north of us) on the weekend event.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 8, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

This upcoming weekend has classic Washington, DC rain/snow battle written all over it to me. This looks like the type of case where Hagerstown gets something like 2-3" and it's all rain for DC downtown south and east (with the obvious transition in between).

I think the true battleground will be the close in NW suburbs which, depending on temperatures, could see a mix or light accumulations of an inch or so. Gut feeling tells me the rain/snow line will front from north-central Montgomery County through western Fairfax & Prince William counties.

I'm going to stick my neck out very early and predict ~1" for Dulles (IAD); less than 0.5" for BWI and no more than trace (if that) at DCA.

Posted by: Josh-CapitalWeatherGang | January 8, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

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