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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 01/22/2009

PM Update: Mainly Clear and Continued Milder

By Ian Livingston

Mostly sunny, warmer Friday

* Are Scientists Overselling Climate Models? *

A south wind combined with lots of sunshine helped most locations end a long-lasting string of days failing to rise above the 30s. Clouds are few as temperatures generally top out in the lower 40s this afternoon before receding back into the 30s again this evening. Our warm-up will peak tomorrow -- be sure to spend a few minutes outside if you are already longing for spring.

Webcam: Latest view of D.C. from the Netherlands Carillon at Arlington National Cemetery. Courtesy National Park Service. Refresh page to update. See this image bigger on our Weather Wall.

Tonight: Clear and chilly, but warmer than recently, overnight. Lows should drop to near 20 in the coldest suburbs to the upper 20s in D.C. Light south winds continue.

Tomorrow (Friday): Mostly sunny skies and noticeably warmer conditions will shape the final day of this abridged work week. For the first time since January 5, much of the area should top out above 50, with some locations, mainly south and east of D.C., reaching the mid 50s.

Snow... What's That? Some lucky locals have seen a little bit of that mythical wintertime precipitation called snow recently, but an East Coast season-to-date accumulation list, compiled by occasional CWG contributor Matt Ross, delves into the facts of winter 08-09 so far. How is National Airport fairing? Only a trace (but on more than one day!).

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

By Ian Livingston  | January 22, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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It seems the threat of any winter weather next week looks to be complety gone! other then some flurries. Might be a little early but the heck with winter! Bring on summer!

Posted by: clintonportis17 | January 22, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Even more depressing is the (partial) list of OTHER cities that have received more snow than DC...

Charlotte, NC
Seattle, WA
New Orleans, LA
Las Vegas, NV

just to name a few...ugh!

Posted by: curtmccormick | January 22, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Fla.& the DC area r about the only regions in the lower 48 without measurable snow. Snow outlook is looking bleaker & bleaker. Still think Feb will see a switch to above average temps.

Posted by: VaTechBob | January 22, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Really? That is crazy. It is very unfair. What about states like South Carolina, Georgia, Arizona, etc.?

Posted by: bastings | January 22, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

To make it worse, It ALWAYS!!! or at least for the past few years, it warms up and rains! It wouldn't be so bad if it was just cold and dry but to have it be so COLD the past couple of weeks and we don't see one storm! Now a lakes cutter storm end of next week per the GFS.

Posted by: clintonportis17 | January 22, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Too darned early for the summer. Never quite give up on winter till we get past the Presidents' Day weekend and still haven't seen any ice or snow.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | January 22, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

I figured since I have been positive all winter and nothing happend maybe ill try being negitive and we'll get dumped on lol

Posted by: clintonportis17 | January 22, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Parts of SC had snow the other day & Ga. had snow earlier this winter, & Flagstaff Az. gets alot of snow every winter. Next week might b our last shot at snow this season.

Posted by: VaTechBob | January 22, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

hmmmm...00z GFS brought back our overrunning event next week! Will it verify? mmmmmmmmmmmm probably not lol.

Posted by: clintonportis17 | January 22, 2009 11:46 PM | Report abuse

At the rate DC is going with it's incredible and ever increasing snowless pattern, DC's seasonal snowfall average will about equal Miami FL at some point. It can't be global warming since the cold temps make it to DC, while all the snow stays to the north, south, east and west of us. There doesn't seem to be any logical explanation.

Posted by: jtae55 | January 23, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse

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