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Posted at 8:30 AM ET, 02/14/2009

Forecast: Sweet Weather for Sweethearts

By Jason Samenow

50-degree weather for Valentine's Day

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Today: Partly sunny. 50-54. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy. 30% chance of rain. 31-35. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny and chilly. 44-48. | A Look Ahead


The wild winds of the work week have departed and the weekend won't be half bad. Yes, some spotty light rain -- maybe mixing with a little light snow -- could dampen the pavement tonight. But the weekend's daylight hours will have some sun and tolerable temperatures with today milder than tomorrow. The next chance of any significant storminess probably arrives in the middle of next week, with primarily rain.

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Today (Saturday): Some sunshine is likely in the morning followed by some increase in clouds during the afternoon. Temperatures will be pretty mild, heading up to 50 or even a few degrees higher. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: A weak disturbance will swing by to our south. Its moisture may stretch far enough north to produce a period of light rain, perhaps mixing with light snow in the north and west suburbs. If the rain develops, it would most likely occur between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. Low temperatures will drop to near freezing in the colder suburbs to the mid-30s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast into early next week.

Tomorrow (Sunday): A cool, but light breeze from the north will result in temperatures about 5-8 degrees below today. Still, it will be a pretty nice day with lots of sunshine and seasonable highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Mostly clear skies early will likely become mostly cloudy late as another disturbance spins up to the south. Any precipitation should remain south of the region, but it may be a close call. Lows will bottom out in the upper 20s to around 30, cold enough for snow if any precipitation sneaks a little farther north (less than 20% chance). Confidence: Medium


Mostly cloudy skies Monday morning should gradually clear in the afternoon. It will be rather chilly with highs only near 40 as cold air continues to filter in from the north. Overnight, it will be quite brisk with lows 20-25 (suburbs-city). Confidence: Medium-High

High pressure builds in Tuesday, bringing lots of sunshine and seasonable temperatures in the mid 40s. The high moves offshore at night as our next storm starts its approach from the west. There's a slight chance (20%) of rain or snow is possible by morning with lows 30-35. Confidence: Medium

Cloudy skies with rain and/or snow likely Wednesday (more likely rain) with highs near 40. Confidence: Low-Medium

By Jason Samenow  | February 14, 2009; 8:30 AM ET
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Even though the threat is pretty much gone for snow next week. I must say the ECM was very impressive looking back on monday and tuesday. The type of set up was almost classic around here. That of course quickly dryed up with time so now were left with 40's and rain. I think it may be time to put a fork in it! At least I'am. Who's ready for warm sunny days!?

Posted by: clintonportis17 | February 14, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

It's a bit too early to throw in the towel. We can get good snows as late as March, though they tend to fall on warm ground and only overnight snows stick. Next week's weather doesn't look too favorable, though. Some daffodil shoots are beginning to appear, but no crocus yet. This weekend, Metro, with their Pentagon track work,is the big obstacle to my dance outings. I noticed lines waiting for their shuttle buses on the evening news. It's really interesting how Metro promotes public transit over cars out of one corner of their collective PR mouths, while harassing us with all these track-work shutdowns and service-cut threats out of the other corner. How can we leave our cars at home and stop guzzling gas if the local pols keep yelling that it's "too hard on the taxpayers" if we don't shut down rail service at 10 PM??? Some of us are retired on fixed incomes, and we can always threaten to move out of the D.C. area if these politicians keep jacking up the cost of living for us [by curtailing reasonable-cost options such as Metro, MetroAccess and STAR.]

My suggestion: Set up a dedicated regional funding setup for WMATA and soon! We're a world-class metropolitan area and need world-class, 24-hour public transit, just like London, Tokyo, New York, Paris and Moscow. We don't need and can't afford a part-time subway and bus system. If necessary, tax the car owners to sustain it. Perhaps the Virginia car tax should be region-wide. Sorry, there's so much non-weather stuff here, but a good public transit system cools climate by lowering carbon emissions.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | February 14, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Maybe but I just can't take anymore disappointments lol. Good post by the way! I actually have some maple trees that have buds on them already! Last weeks warmth sure did confuse some of the trees!

Posted by: clintonportis17 | February 14, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

El Bombo--

Amen, brother! i couldn't agree more. i don't think i've ever been on the Metro at 1:30 a.m. on a weekend when it wasn't packed.

As for the weather, i still am hoping for a big one. hope springs eternal (just like the daffodils and, yes, crocuses i've seen around town).

Posted by: dinergirl | February 14, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Bombo -

I agree with most of what you said. I also think the feds need to cough up some dough. In a college town, when students make a significant portion of transit ridership, the college is expected to kick some in.

I don't see how this is different. Metro carries a HUGE number of federal employees to work every day. They need to put a bit of funding toward it. NOT toward just capital projects, which many transit systems get DOT grants for, but towards the actual operating budget.

A decent federal contribution along with making permanent the current state/local contribution would go a long way toward making the system more financially stable, and im not really even sure much more would be required in the way of tax.

However, if Metro wants to be a real TRANSIT system, and not glorified commuter rail, service cuts and fare increases CANNOT be considered. Fares are already well higher than many similar systems - frankly, in most cases, it is cheaper to drive into DC than to take Metro, its just less hassle to take the train. And the 12am/2am service cutoff is pretty sketch as is, close any earlier, and Metro becomes pretty useless to a whole lot of non-commuters.

Posted by: jahutch | February 14, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

This winter is now over. The rest of this month will have about av. temps & no snow. After 2day the temps 4 this winter will b exactly average; however, the rest of this month will average about 2-3 degrees above,meaning the winter will finish about.5 above 4 the season. I had the temps being -1 to +1 for the winter, but missed on the snow, expected 14-18". At this point, next winter is once again looking above av. temps & below av snow.
I love snow, but once March gets here, it's time 4 spring.

Posted by: VaTechBob | February 14, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

current conditions: 32F, light snow
location: eastern of Front Royal, elevation 1900 ft

Posted by: spgass1 | February 14, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

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