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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 02/ 8/2009

Forecast: Super Mild Air to Ease Cooler

By Jason Samenow

* Later: Potomac Ice and a Magenta Sky *


Today: Partly sunny and breezy. 60-64. | Tonight: Mostly clear. 26-31. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. 51-55. | A Look Ahead


I expected yesterday to be warm, but the degree of the warmth caught even me by surprise. Most spots soared into the 60s, and Dulles Airport set a record at 65. Today will remain on the mild side, but the passage of a cold front mid-day will prevent any new records from being set. Temperatures will shift slightly downward by late in the afternoon even as they remain somewhat above average from that point well into next week...

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Today (Sunday): Temperatures won't have dropped significantly overnight, so we'll wake up to a rather mild early morning -- with most places in the 40s. By mid-day, temperatures will rise into the low 60s even as clouds increase ahead of a cold front. The front could produce a few sprinkles or a light shower (20% chance), but its main impact will be to switch winds from out of the southwest to out of the northwest (at 10-15 mph, with higher gusts). This will help usher in some cooler air, but probably not until late in the afternoon or the evening. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Skies will gradually clear, with temperatures dropping back down to freezing or below. Lows will range from 26-31 (suburbs-city). Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast into early next week.

Tomorrow (Monday): We'll have a ton of sunshine, and despite a somewhat cooler airmass overhead, we should still warm into the 50s. Winds will be light. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: A wind from the south will return, providing some clouds and preventing temperatures from falling below freezing. Lows should range from 34-39 (suburbs-city). Confidence: Medium-High


Tuesday brings mild temperatures but mostly cloudy skies on a wind from the south. A few sprinkles can't be ruled out, with highs in the mid-50s. A period of showers is possible Tuesday night as a warm front lifts northward through the region. Lows should only be in the 40s. Confidence: Medium

Very mild conditions may return for Wednesday. A cold front will likely approach late, but warm air will spread north out of ahead it, with highs perhaps into the 60s. By evening, showers may develop as the cold front passes through the region. Confidence: Medium

Early heads-up: A colder pattern and some storminess could return by next weekend. The Snow Lover's Crystal Ball may need to get dusted off...

By Jason Samenow  | February 8, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
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What a roller coaster past week this has been!!

From 57 degrees at noon on Monday to the most significant snowstorm in more than a year 12 hrs. later, (3-6 inches in my general area), though much of the MA may have been "skunked", followed by a low temp. of 6 degrees Wed. night and a high of only 26 on Thursday. The roller coaster continued back to a peak of 65 yesterday.

7 am : The roller coaster continues "riding
high" with a temp. of 53!!!!!

Posted by: AugustaJim | February 8, 2009 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Observing a similar situation north of AugustaJim. Yesterday's high 64.1F. Current temp 52.5F with dark overcast skies. Snow really melted a lot over the last 24 hrs; just some shady spots remain.

Posted by: spgass1 | February 8, 2009 8:05 AM | Report abuse

What's with the clouds so early? Thought we weren't supposed to get these until mid-day....does this mean the best is past us already?

Posted by: ironmanjt | February 8, 2009 8:10 AM | Report abuse


It will be mostly cloudy, but with some breaks through early afternoon. We should see some gradual clearing by mid to late afternoon. Despite the clouds, it's pretty nice out there!

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 8, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Current temp. in Burke: 57 exactly with partly cloudy skies.

I can't wait for the pattern to shift next weekend!

Posted by: Yellowboy | February 8, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Wow! According to the Weather Channel it is already 71 here!

Posted by: Snowman_In_Herndon | February 8, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

We just hit 70 in Alexandria. I'm opening the windows to get some fresh air into the house.

Posted by: bdeco | February 8, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

West Springfield (Accotink Lake/Mixing Bowl): Storm total 0.01" this morning.

Sorry, I had to report it.

Then a sun tan in the afternoon!!!!

Posted by: bikerjohn | February 8, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

70+*F is the best!

Posted by: bastings | February 8, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Henry M on what I like to call "In-Accu Weather" is already hyping a storm for next weekend. I'm getting my umbrella ready, not my snowshoes.

Posted by: concepcion611 | February 8, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse


next weekend yeah, but the 16-10 bears watching.

Posted by: clintonportis17 | February 8, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse


It doesn't seem like much hype to me. He even used the words, "The way I see it right now." Sounds like he is just explaining what the models are showing currently. Let's hope they're right this time and we get that 3-6" we're owed from last storm. :-)

Posted by: schrute | February 8, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

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