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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 01/12/2009

PM Update: The Calm Before the Cold

By Capital Weather Gang

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Partly sunny skies helped highs reach near 40 in most area locations this afternoon. Through evening, we'll see variably cloudy skies as temperatures slowly back down through the 30s. Highs could climb past 40 tomorrow, but after that we probably won't see 40 again until some time next week (if then).

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Tonight: Under partly cloudy skies, temperatures drop to lows in the upper 20s downtown and to the south and east, and mid 20s north and west of town.

Tomorrow: Expect a partly to mostly cloudy day as one area of low pressure passes to our northwest and another to our east. Stuck in the middle, we'll have just a 25% chance of a few rain or snow showers during the afternoon and into the evening. Highs should reach the low 40s.

See Jason Samenow's forecast through Inauguration weekend.

By Capital Weather Gang  | January 12, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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Just thought you be interested to know. Small snow flurries in the stream valleys of Northeast and Northwest branch today, circa 3 PM near New Hampshire/Piney Branch.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | January 12, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I don't see any chances for significant snowfall ( >1", I.M.O.) in the forseeable future. Only moisture-starved clippers that will do nothing to satisfy snow lovers' cravings. I feel like this cold is wasted.

Posted by: Sterlingva | January 12, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Agreed, Whenever it is cold, it is bone dry. We need the southern jet to kick in and bring us some storms. Long Range GFS doesnt look promising. Besides weak clippers. However, it doesnt look like cold air is in a hurry to exit. We have one ingredient, all we need is moisture. I dont think its impossible for us to get snow around here, it just seems like it. Like a bad hand of cards. We due to win a hand this winter. Down here in Fburg, VA, I personally have not seen one flake this winter....

GFS shows possiblity of a few systems in long range, but you know how that goes...

Posted by: StormChaserMan | January 12, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Well, it's a shame to see the snow that was in the NWA forecast wiped out now...

Posted by: PeterBethesda | January 12, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Got 2 enjoy 5" of snow in Central Pa.on Sat, even brought some back in the truck bed. It might b the only snow I'll c this season in NW Spotsy, outside of a slight dusting in early Dec. Still expecting change 2 milder weather in about 2 weeks. If it doesn't snow soon, it may be a snowless winter, Feb is looking much above average.

Posted by: VaTechBob | January 12, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

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