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Posted at 3:20 PM ET, 01/13/2009

PM Update: Cold Blast Bears Down

By Capital Weather Gang

* Inauguration Weather: Latest InaugurationCast | Record Cold for Reagan | Stop the Scaremongering *

Mostly cloudy skies kept highs to around 40 this afternoon. But now it's time to say goodbye to the 40-degree mark...for a while. A first in a series of cold fronts will race through the region this evening, dropping temperatures through the 30s after dark. A scattered rain shower or snow flurry is possible this evening, but should be the exception rather than the rule.

Radar: Latest regional 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.

Tonight: There's a small chance someone might see a sprinkle or flurry before skies begin to clear late this evening. The main attraction, however, will be gusty overnight winds and dropping temperatures. Late-night winds will gust to near 30 mph from the northwest as lows dip to the low 20s.

Tomorrow: Lingering early-morning winds and lows in the low 20s will mean wind chills in the teens to start the day. Winds should decrease substantially by late morning or lunchtime, as mostly sunny morning skies give way to increasing afternoon clouds and highs only in the low 30s.

See Matt Rogers' forecast through Inauguration weekend.

By Capital Weather Gang  | January 13, 2009; 3:20 PM ET
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Looking at the radar, this is another example of moisture being wasted on the sea.

Posted by: MDScot | January 13, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

I have heard on a Accuweather Blog a couple times already allusions to a Inauguration day snow storm. None of the other forecasts seem to even hint to this. Any legitimacy to it?

Posted by: GISman | January 13, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

NWS offices to the north have mentioned in there discussions about a potental major coastal low development. There are other local and mid-atlantic mets that think there is a reasonable threat on sunday or in and around that time frame. Although accuweather seems to be really pushing it for some reason. NWS in sterling does not mention it but they wounldnt until a few days before anyway, which is smart IMO.

Posted by: clintonportis17 | January 13, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

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