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Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 02/22/2009

Forecast: Rain/Snow Showers Usher in More Cold

By Brian Jackson


Today: Early rain & snow showers, then becoming windy. 39-42. | Tonight: Partly cloudy, cold. 20-23 (wind chill in the teens). | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, breezy. 36-39. | A Look Ahead


The chill accompanying the scattered rain and snow showers this morning foreshadows the next several days. In a word, cold. Sorry snow lovers, after this morning's flakes, we'll be served a large side of sun with our order of chill yet again-- the winter of your discontent continues. Temperatures in this cold snap bottom out Monday/Monday night before beginning a gradual warm-up towards mid-week.

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Today (Sunday): Snow is in the forecast (slightly better than a 50-50 chance)! It won't stick around long though and it will likely mix with rain. If you're reading this after your morning coffee, chances are, it's already outta here. Little or no accumulation is likely. It should all end by mid-to-late morning, except around noon well east of town. We'll then have slow clearing in the afternoon, but the cold highs will only make it to around 40. The other big story will be the wind, blowing out of the northwest at around 20 mph with higher gusts. Wind chills will be subfreezing. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Continued clearing into the overnight and stiff northwest winds will spell out a very chilly evening for us. Skies will be partly cloudy and temperatures will fall into the lower 20s with some 'burbs dipping into the teens. Winds will still be out of the northwest at 15-20 mph. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through your mid-week. Is it snowing where you live? Let us know by leaving a comment?

Tomorrow (Monday): No relief is in store for us tomorrow as raw and biting cold continues. Sunny skies will do little to warm us up and highs will top out shy of even 40 degrees. Winds won't do much settling down though they won't be as gusty. They'll keep blowing from the northwest at 15-20 mph meaning wind chills will feel more like the mid-20s most of the day. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: We'll experience more biting cold overnight tomorrow evening. That's what you get with clear, star-filled skies. But stars won't be the only thing to see in Monday night's sky - Comet Lulin will near its closest approach to Earth. If you do feel like doing a little comet-viewing, make sure to bundle up, overnight lows will be within a few degrees of 20, most on the negative side except for right downtown. Confidence: High


Tuesday begins a slow and gradual warming period. High pressure remains in control and that spells S-U-N-N-Y conditions. Expect afternoon highs in the low-to-mid 40s. Tuesday night will again be clear but now quite as cold with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. Confidence: Medium-High

Wednesday we'll put an end to the below average temperatures, for the time being. We'll reach afternoon highs nearing the 50 degree mark with plenty of sun to help the mercury along. Confidence: Medium-High

By Brian Jackson  | February 22, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
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Been snowing lightly out here for about 20 minutes. No acc tho, it's 37. Winds are starting to pick up

Posted by: weathergrrl | February 22, 2009 8:14 AM | Report abuse

No snow in Manassas.

Posted by: manassasmissy | February 22, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Snowing at a good clip near Oakton, VA.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | February 22, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Moderate snow now, but it's not sticking at 36 degrees.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | February 22, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Snow in NW DC, started as rain, some rain still mixing in. Temp 37

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 22, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Snowing lightly and fitfully in Merrifield.

Posted by: --sg | February 22, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Picked up 9/16" of snow east of Front Royal this morning.

Current conditions: cloudy, 29.8F

Posted by: spgass1 | February 22, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Another batch of light mix that amounts to hardly antyhing...what a boring winter.

At least we got plenty of cold weather but with no snow on the ground it tends to damage trees and shrubbery & doesn't do that much good.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | February 22, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Heavy burst of snow here in Silver Spring. I'm saying my goodbyes to the snow for the season (but still hoping for a surprise in early march).

Posted by: SkywalkerSS | February 22, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

No snow here in San Jose, Costa Rica! [Dodges snowballs.] We're back Tuesday night, so glad that we timed our vacation just right.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | February 22, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Even with moderately cold temperatures, it seems like we've had more or less a spring storm pattern pattern all winter long....lows tracking north and northwest of us instead of forming on the Gulf Coast or off the Carolinas and tracking NE, just offshore, like a normal winter. We even had a severe thunderstorm warning recently with a springtime-type cold frontal squall line...unusual for February this far north (though February severe weather is normal for the Deep South and Gulf Coast).

Posted by: MMCarhelp | February 22, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

well guess what winter is over the 18 gfs is terrible if your are a snow lover bring on spring!!!!!!!

Posted by: hikeguy23 | February 22, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, winter in regards to snow never started. Had enough cold but storms just never tracked right, better luck next winter, but at this point it's looking like it will be warmer than normal.

Posted by: VaTechBob | February 22, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Heavy snow and rain mix in North East, MD at noon today. Nothing stuck to the wet ground.

Posted by: bikerjohn | February 22, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Snow is not the only thing that's lacking.

Posted by: CapitalClimate | February 22, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Can you guys explain what your announcement on Facebook means?

Posted by: MKadyman | February 22, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

By the way, if you an airport radio / police scanner tune in to the ATC at Reagan National. Wind shear is causing real hell for a number of planes, with several 'go around' wave offs being ordered (one taking place when the plane was at 200 feet).

The SCAN-DC mailing list is posting updates about some pretty unnerved pilots talking to ATC tonight.

119.100 on your police scanner.

Posted by: idiparker | February 22, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse


We're just switching our Facebook presence from being a business to being a group. A group gives us more flexibility to post updates, schedule events, etc. We're going to do a post on our Facebook group some time soon.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 22, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

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