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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 02/21/2009

Forecast: Forties and a Few Overnight Flakes

By Jason Samenow

Mostly dry weekend afternoons

* TWC Founder Talks Climate Scam | China's Snow: Artificial? *

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly to mostly sunny. 43-47 | Tonight: Mostly cloudy. 30% chance of snow after midnight. 30-34. | Tomorrow: Chance of a.m. snow, then partly sunny. Lows 40s. | A Look Ahead

FORECAST IN DETAIL

The mention of snow in this forecast need not alter your weekend afternoon plans. Both today and tomorrow, the majority of the daylight hours will be dry, even if a little chilly. Snow chances are mostly limited to late tonight and tomorrow morning, and any snow shouldn't amount to much...

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Today (Saturday): For most of the day, we'll see a good deal of sunshine. It will start off on the cold side, with low-to-mid 20s area-wide if you're out early. But temperatures will then climb through the 30s in the morning and well into the 40s during the afternoon. Winds should remain light (5-10 mph). Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: An area of low pressure will pass to our north, dragging a cold front through the region towards morning. Ahead of the front, clouds will increase, with a chance of snow showers late at night and towards morning. The snow could mix with rain in the District and points south and east. Lows will range from 30-33 (northwest-southeast). Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast into early next week.

Tomorrow (Sunday): Some snow showers are likely in the morning, before the front passes to our east. Accumulation potential maxes out at about half an inch, with a dusting (mainly on grassy areas) the most likely scenario. Winds will kick up behind the front, especially as a coastal storm develops along it off the coast of southern New England. So expect a blustery afternoon, with highs only in the low 40s. Factoring in winds from the northwest at 15-20 mph with higher gusts, it will feel at or below freezing...even as the sun emerges in the afternoon. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Strong flow from the northwest (winds 10-20 mph with higher gusts) will make for a very cold evening. Temperatures will dip down to 20-24 (suburbs-city) with wind chills in the teens. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

It will remain blustery and cold Monday as northwest flow persists. Highs will struggle to reach 40 even with mostly sunny skies. Winds will diminish but not totally subside overnight, with lows 17-23 (suburbs-city) under clear skies. Confidence: Medium-High

High pressure builds in Tuesday, bringing lots of sunshine and seasonable temperatures in the mid-40s. Confidence: Medium-High

By Jason Samenow  | February 21, 2009; 10:30 AM ET
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Comments

Why...why does the low HAVE to form off New England? And then we get stuck with this cold and windy pattern again?! Bring on spring already...

Posted by: kridgely | February 21, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Global warming!?!....where are you????

Posted by: suntan | February 21, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I bet "global warming" is responsible for our chronic snow shortage, despite the recent temperatures, and I'm awfully sick and tired of all this dry wind alternating with "boring forties" rain threats [most of which are amounting to little or nothing in the way of precip.]. Next week seems to start out fair and ends up with more rainy forties and fifties. Not much in the way of clouds so far. Michigan seems to be getting most of the snow; I'm not sure if too much hit Chicago.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | February 21, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to be heading out to Summit Point, WV on early tomorrow morning. Is there going to be much more chance of accumulation out that way?

Posted by: paul-Sterling | February 21, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

@paul-sterling

I wouldn't expect much accumulation out that way...Just a dusting or so maybe

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 21, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Jason- Thanks, I just didn't feel like trying to get a corvette over the mountain with a bunch of snow on the road :)

Posted by: paul-Sterling | February 21, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

When can we expect to see some more spring-like temperatures?

Posted by: dixiechick1 | February 21, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

At least the wind died down enough 2day so I could fish at the 301 Bridge. Caught 4 stripers between 20-25 lbs. Winter is over, expect March 2 b seasonal 2 a little above average. Bombo, better hope Mr. Q dosen't see your post about GW, he'll b providing links showing how wrong u r. I don't think he has a sense of humor.

Posted by: VaTechBob | February 21, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

vatechbaob,
that's funny re: mr.q. actually we're having quite a nice GW conversation over on that "twc founder talks climate scam" thread. like you say, he does provide links... but i definitely don't want that conversation happening over here.

man, i wish we'd get another snow this year...but my hopes are fading.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 21, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

VaTechBob wrote, "I don't think he has a sense of humor."

Yes, I have a sense of humor. But some things aren't funny.

I have children. As a father, you want your children to have a better life than you have/had. You want your children to have at least the same liberties, if not more. You want your children to have the same economic opportunities, if not more.

I dare say that you guys haven't given much thought to how the Government will attempt to reduce CO2 output. You can bet this administration won't try to reduce CO2 by replacing coal burning plants with nuclear plants. They have made that abundantly clear.

So, how will they do it?

Think about it. Then tell me what is so funny about my children having reduced liberties and less economic opportunities (jobs will be driven out of the Country, to Countries with less cost, the ones that don't adhere to Kyoto). You think THIS is an economic downturn??? You haven't seen anything!

Tell me if you have children, and then tell me how that is funny.

Mr. Q.

Posted by: Mr_Q | February 22, 2009 12:21 AM | Report abuse

High pressure over Canada next weekend may be in a favorable position to set up a posible accumulating snow situation for the area.

By next Sunday meteorological winter ends and it's unsure how cold the air in this high will be. The situation would also be contingent on whether coastal low pressure can form in the right spot and track on the right path to set up a snow situation favorable for the metro area.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | February 22, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

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