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Posted at 6:35 PM ET, 01/19/2009

Update: Conversational Snow Over, On to Obama

By Dan Stillman

Icy patches in northern burbs. Inauguration forecast?

Today's flurries and periods of light snow were enough to coat the ground with a dusting to half-inch just north and west of the District (e.g., Herndon, Manassas, Rockville), and up to 1.5 inches further north (e.g., Gaithersburg, Columbia). Watch for icy patches forming this evening and overnight north of D.C., where roads have been slower to dry because of the higher snow totals.

Tonight: Partly cloudy with a light breeze and evening temperatures in the upper 20s to near 30, dropping to overnight lows in the low-to-mid 20s. As temperatures fall, look out for icy patches, mainly in the northern suburbs.

Inauguration Day: It's going to be very cold and breezy tomorrow with wind chills in the teens to near 20. A storm developing off the coast could produce some flurries or a passing snow shower, but probably nothing more than that. See more details in our Inauguration forecast module below, and Jason Samenow's forecast through Thursday.

INAUGURATIONCAST
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
MORNING LOW SWEARING IN* WEATHER CHANCE OF PRECIP
20-24F 26-30F Prtly/Mstly Cloudy 25%
With subfreezing air temperatures and wind chills in the teens to near 20, it is going to be one cold day. We can't emphasize that enough -- especially for outdoor spectators spending 4, 6, and 8 hours in the elements. Wearing the proper attire will be critical for comfort and safety.

inauguration-temps.jpg

As low pressure spins up off the Carolina coast, winds should steadily increase throughout the day. A light breeze from the north and northwest at 10 mph in the morning will become a moderate breeze of 15 mph in the afternoon, with higher gusts. In the open space on the Mall, there will be little protection from the wind.

On the plus side, it does look mostly dry, albeit partly to mostly cloudy. The storm that will kick up the winds will most likely stay too far east to give us anything more than a 25% chance of some flurries or a passing snow shower. Confidence: Medium-High

*Swearing in is scheduled for noon.

WEATHER OF INAUGURATIONS PAST

Bush, 2005: Noon Temp: 35F. Mostly cloudy with some sunny breaks. Northwest wind 14 mph. Around 1" of snow lay on the ground.

History fact courtesy National Weather Service.
 

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

By Dan Stillman  | January 19, 2009; 6:35 PM ET
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Comments

I'm a whiner, I admit it - but it seems like everyone AROUND the inner Northern VA suburbs got at least some WHITENING from snow flurries this afternoon. Heck, even the coastal areas are going to get snow! SO tired of this...

Posted by: VAStateOfMind | January 19, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm so very sad about this winter. It's about to come to my sending burnt offerings to the snow gods. Anything interesting in long range? I hate wish casting, but I need something to hold onto.

Posted by: chrissie413 | January 19, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

I, as well, could actually go for a little wishcasting with my wine (whine) tonight...

Posted by: manassasmissy | January 19, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Turn those frowns upside down! :)

Posted by: Yellowboy | January 19, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

From what I can see, it would not take much of a model error to bring us snow tomorrow. If the low stays west of the modeled track we could indeed get some serious snow. Now that is a big IF, but I remember this happening in the past. I mean, once in a while the error in modeling has got to bring us snow rather than take it away ? Right :-)?

Posted by: MDScot | January 19, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

No snow thru at least Sun. & rest of month is looking rather bleak 4 snow.

Posted by: VaTechBob | January 19, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

i was just talking about the lack of snow and how it's been snowing on all sides of the city and northern virginia. it's starting to get a bit depressing...

Posted by: tengoalyrunr30 | January 20, 2009 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, we can now add cities in South Carolina, North Carolina, and even Norfolk and the Outer Banks of NC to the list of areas that have had significant snowfall when DC hasn't. I still seriously doubt this winter will end up a total blank, but I also admit to not particularly caring anymore.

Posted by: jahutch | January 20, 2009 1:46 AM | Report abuse

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