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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 02/23/2009

Forecast: A Duo of Cold Days

By Jason Samenow

Milder by mid-week

* Later: New, Higher Global Warming Projections *


Today: Windy and cold. 36-40. | Tonight: Mostly clear, very cold. 16-22. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, not as windy. 39-43. | A Look Ahead


Believe it or not, February has actually been slightly warmer than average to date. That's largely due to four days that were at or above 60 earlier in the month. Most of the rest of the time it's been dry and chilly and that will be the case today and tomorrow. We will warm up some mid-to-late week, although it will be a stretch to hit 60 again between now and the end of the month.

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Today (Monday): If you were out and about yesterday afternoon, you'll have a good feel for what most of today will be like. Strong winds from the northwest (15-25 mph with some higher gusts) coupled with air temperatures below 40 will make it feel subfreezing. This morning and this evening will be particularly brutal, with wind chills in the teens. After some morning clouds and scattered flurries in the northern suburbs, at least skies will be mostly sunny. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: On the plus side, winds will relax by about 5-10 mph. On the negative side, temperatures will drop 15-20 degrees. That means morning lows in the high teens to low 20s (suburbs to city), and even with the diminished wind (at 10-15 mph) wind chills as low as 10 degrees. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend.

Geese don't seem to mind the wet snow flakes yesterday morning in Fairfax, Va. By Capital Weather Gang photographer Kevin Ambrose.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): The day will start off very cold -- around 20 -- before the mercury steadily marches towards 40 in the mid-afternoon. Sunshine will lead the way, with winds mercifully lower (around 10 mph) as the center of an area of high pressure positions itself overhead. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: Clear skies and basically no wind will allow temperatures to dive back down into the 20s. Lows should be about 25 downtown with some upper teens possible in the colder suburbs. The clear skies will present good viewing weather for Comet Lulin. Confidence: High


As high pressure moves offshore Wednesday, a wind from the south will prompt milder temperatures. Highs will likely make a run at 50 under partly sunny skies. Mostly clear and not as cold Wednesday night, with lows 29-34 (suburbs-city). Confidence: Medium-High

Thursday will probably be the nicest day of the week as the flow from the south strengthens ahead of the next storm system. Highs may reach the mid-to-upper 50s with a mix of clouds and sun. Clouds increase Thursday night as the storm system approaches, with lows only in the 40s. Some showers can't be ruled out late at night. Confidence: Medium-High

Showers are likely on Friday as low pressure passes to our north (consistent with the overall pattern this season) dragging a cold front through the region. Despite the clouds and rain, highs may still reach the 50s. Clearing is likely Friday night, with lows in the mid-30s to around 40 (downtown). Confidence: Medium

Seasonably cool high pressure moves in for the weekend. Both days should be partly to mostly sunny, with highs near 50 Saturday and in the 40s on Sunday. Saturday night's lows should range from the mid-20s to the low 30s (downtown). Confidence: Medium

By Jason Samenow  | February 23, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
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Ok, I'm going on record to say that I'm "over" the winds. The flapping shingles and rattling windows kept me up yet again last night.

Can't wait for some calm weather.

Rant over.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | February 23, 2009 7:32 AM | Report abuse

A few snow flurries have been reported in NW Montgomery County and Frederick county and are showing up on radar. A quick dusting is possible in those spots.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 23, 2009 8:12 AM | Report abuse

i posted a comment over on the "Weather Channel Founder Talks Climate 'Scam'" thread and got a message along the lines of "thank you for the comment. your comment is being held for review by the blog owner." huh? what's up with that?!

is it because in describing george will and charles krauthammer parroting the denialist talking points i did not disguise a word for, uh, "feces" with enough "!#(@$%" symbols?

if that's the case, gee, sorry... i used a "$" for the "s". can i get the comment back somehow so i can change the "h" and "i" and "t" to "@" and "%" and "#" so as not to offend...? i promise i'll be more cryptic in the future. sheesh.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 23, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

i might add that on feb. 15 george will was parroting a FALSE talking point(more sea ice now than in 1979) which is why i felt compelled to call his comments, uh, shall we say "crap."

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 23, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

This is an unfortunate day to be exiled from my apartment while they do repair work. It's too cold to wander around looking for stuff to do. But you can't pick and choose when the toilet upstairs is going to leak and ruin your ceiling, now can you?

Guess this is where a full-time job comes in handy.

Posted by: LaurainNWDC | February 23, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

More same old, same old...Another round of desiccating cold wind, no snow and the threat of a boring warmup as met. winter expires next Sunday. Time to await the cherry blossoms and roll out a severe weather thunderbolt to replace the Snow Lover's Crystal Ball. At least I have a few dry dance nights, though Friday could be wet. With high temperatures next weekend into the boring forties, we might not see much snow early next week if a "coastal" forms.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | February 23, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

ugh -- Another cold and windy walk to lunch. If we can't get any snow, then please let's bring on some warmth.

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | February 23, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

This has been the winter of wind and another winter with virtually no snow. I'm getting very depressed about this.

Posted by: maestrojmk | February 23, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

We really need some soaking rains b4 the summer blast furance shows up. This dry winter is setting the stage 4 another summer drought. I'm expecting a very hot, dry summer.

Posted by: VaTechBob | February 23, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

With the warmup forecasted later in the week, I'm glad I squeezed a ski trip in on Saturday. It could *possibly* have been the last chance for natural snow in the area this year.

Speaking of snow, a forecaster on TV this morning mentioned areas far north and west getting lake effect snow today. I guess that means the Great Lakes don't freeze by late winter?

Posted by: spgass1 | February 23, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I hope it warms up soon. The weather right now is just plain boring and annoying.

Posted by: bastings | February 23, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

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