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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 02/17/2009

Forecast: Messy Mixed Mid-Week

By Matt Rogers

Rain Wednesday, may start as snow

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Today: Mostly sunny. 42-45. | Tonight: Clouds increase. 28-32. | Tomorrow: Snow or mix to start, afternoon rain. 43-46. | A Look Ahead


This has not been the big year for snows in the Washington D.C. area. Despite the big chill in the area over the past few days, the next storm system that arrives tomorrow will bring sufficient warm air along to minimize the frozen precipitation threat once again.

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Today (Tuesday): Sunshine should prevail with high pressure holding strong for one more day. High temperatures will be warmer than yesterday with low-to-mid 40s. Confidence: High

Tonight: Clouds encroach and should prevent as much radiational cooling from occurring compared to last night. The result will be a slightly warmer overnight with lows in the upper 20s to low 30s (suburbs to city). Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Wednesday): A big storm is forecast to pass to our north and west. Precipitation (80% chance) could start as snow (or a mix south and east of town) in the morning. A quick dusting is possible but major travel concerns are not expected. All rain is expected by late morning with scattered showers through the afternoon. Highs in the mid-40s. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow Night: More showers (60% likelihood) are expected with winds shifting to come from the west and northwest by very late at night, while increasing to 15-25 mph. Lows in the mid-30s. Confidence: Medium


Thursday should see fast-moving cloud cover with gusty winds as the storm intensifies well to our north. You might even see some sprinkles or conversational snow flakes at times. Look for highs in the low-to-mid 40s again, but wind chill could make it feel like the 30s most of the time. Confidence: Medium

Friday's theme is calm and cold, but there is still the chance that our winds could be gusting around quite a bit yet. Look for highs struggling to reach 40 with mostly sunny skies at least. Confidence: Medium

The weekend brings yet another storm system to monitor. The timing looks to be Saturday afternoon into Saturday night when a few snow showers are possible. Otherwise, plan for partly cloudy skies with highs near 40 and lows in the 20s. In other words: this weekend will have that February feel... Confidence: Medium

By Matt Rogers  | February 17, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
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The sun makes it look warm, but it's a chilly 26 degrees this morning in NW DC.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 17, 2009 8:10 AM | Report abuse

13.3 degrees at 7am.

90 minutes later at 8:30, I have bright sunshine and a refreshing 18.4 degrees.

Posted by: AugustaJim | February 17, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

I think this is officially the most maddening winter in recent memory. I can deal with it being unseasonably warm, I can deal with snow... but I cannot deal with freezing my butt off for days and weeks on end and then having to deal with it warming up just enough to create nasty cold rain and then freezing again once the precipitation is gone.

This blows.

Posted by: kallieh | February 17, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

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