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Posted at 9:45 AM ET, 02/13/2009

Forecast: Not Quite as Windy. Anything Wintry?

By Camden Walker

* Megawinds Smack D.C. Region | Darwin and the Weather *


Today: Mostly sunny. Still rather windy. Low 50s. | Tonight: Light winds. Clear, then some clouds. 27-32. | Tomorrow: 30% chance of light rain and a few wet snowflakes. Partly cloudy. 40s. | Sunday: Partly sunny. Low-to-mid 40s. | A Look Ahead


Peak gusts of 45-60 mph were common across the area yesterday, with Rockville recording one of the regions's highest gusts at 65 mph. Winds lose a good bit of their ferociousness today, but by no means are they gone completely. In the meantime, while temperatures are on their way down, precipitation chances -- and specifically snow chances -- remain on the low side.

Winds take down a large tree yesterday in Oakton, Va. By Capital Weather Gang photographer Kevin Ambrose.

Today (Friday): Winds gusting to near 30 mph through much of the day won't feel as fierce as yesterday, but will be a significant factor nonetheless, before diminishing by late afternoon or evening. At least it'll be mostly sunny with relatively comfortable highs in the low 50s. But dress for 40s considering the wind chill. Perhaps a couple layers and then overlay it with a heavy windbreaker coat. Confidence: High

Tonight: Breezes should calm considerably by around dinnerime, settling down to near 5 mph or less for the night. Skies should start out mostly clear, but may cloud up some as the night progresses. Evening temperatures will drop through the 40s and into the upper 30s. Overnight, lows in the low 30s downtown will likely be matched with upper 20s outside the Beltway, maybe some mid-20s if clouds hold off. Confidence: Medium-High

Any snowflakes in our future? Read on...

Tomorrow (Saturday): A storm system tracking mainly to our south could clip us with some light precipitation (30% chance). With highs in the 40s, any precipitation would probably be mainly in the form of light rain, but a few wet snowflakes could mix in as well. Otherwise, look for a partly cloudy Valentine's Day with light breezes. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow Night: Partly cloudy and cool again. Though a light breeze from the north should keep temperatures from plummeting. Lows in the upper 20s to near 30. Confidence: Medium

Sunday: ...will give us a fairly decent day as the holiday weekend continues. Highs, though a little below normal, will still head into the low-to-mid 40s. Skies will be partly sunny. And precipitation? Not to worry, at least for the daytime hours. Winds won't bother you much, either. Confidence: Medium-High


For Sunday night and early Monday we watch another storm moving by to the south. Once again it looks like we may miss out on most if not all the storm's precipitation. But should the track shift a little further north then we could see a little light snow. Look for lows in the upper 20s downtown. Perhaps mid-20s out around Dulles. Confidence: Medium

After that small chance of light snow early, Presidents Day Monday should be partly sunny but chilly: highs in the upper 30s, possibly low 40s with enough sunshine. Not bad travelling weather if heading back after a long weekend. Confidence: Medium

Tuesday will likely be mostly sunny. And temperatures rebound a smidge as they aim for highs in the mid-40s. Enjoy!...that first day back to work. Ugh. Confidence: Medium

By Camden Walker  | February 13, 2009; 9:45 AM ET
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Any indication when the precipitation might be coming tomorrow?

Posted by: Lindemann777 | February 13, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Lindemann777 -- Note that it's only a 30% chance of precipitation. And even that is looking generous at this point. If we were to see anything, it would probably be between late morning and early evening.

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | February 13, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Still windy downtown.. everywhere!.. have you been blown around today??

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 13, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

What about the middle of next week? The wind ripped off numerous shingles off our roof. Anyone know of a affordable roofing company????

Posted by: stinkerflat1 | February 13, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I see no comments about next this a bad omen?

Posted by: manassasmissy | February 13, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I leave for a bit and I see a jump to conclusions! Next week should be ok, small chance not ok. I would plan on fixing shingles, going to work, normalcy overall! :) Check back this weekend if chances increase for snow showers..but still highly uncertain--and still doubtful--anything will materialize.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 13, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Manassasmissy, late next week [Feb. 19-20] looks interesting per the CPC's preliminary chart/discussion this morning. The low is supposed to be as deep as

This low may give us a repeat of yesterday's winds next Thursday/Friday. Precipitation will most likely be mix/rain/mix or rain/mix but not much accumulating snow. Peak "snowmax" will likely be north of us in the Adirondacks. Significant urban snow is most likely in the Philly/NYC/New England corridor. However, local highs in the "boring forties" likely will cut back local snow totals. Since the models this far out may be inaccurate, this storm could "bust", something I wouldn't mind if we have no cold air to work with. I have an important dance the night of Feb. 20.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | February 13, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Some of my last post failed to register.

This low will be deep [

Posted by: Bombo47jea | February 13, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Still having troble getting all the info in. The wind must be messing with my posts.

This low will be 986 mb./hPa or deeper & centered off Delmarva; too far north for significant snow here.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | February 13, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

manassasmissy -- It's much too early to say anything definitive about the potential midweek storm next week. At the moment, the models are leaning toward a warmer, rainier scenario more so than a cooler, snowier one.

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | February 13, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: manassasmissy | February 13, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

This weekend is the Great Backyard Bird Count, and I'm heading out to the Eastern Shore to look for ducks. We're basically touring from Ocean City to Cape Henlopen over the course of the day. Anybody have a good guess as to what conditions on the beach will be like tomorrow?

Posted by: LaurainNWDC | February 13, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Hey Laura, expect a breeze on the shore, moreso than DC. It will be a tad chilly too. Add an extra layer. maybe a scarf. But the precip (rain showers east of DC) will be later in the mid-afternoon I suspect. Rather than here in DC where they may start earlier, and mix with a few snowflakes. Enjoy your trip!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 13, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the response to my comment earlier!

Posted by: Lindemann777 | February 13, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Forgive my grief, but when in drought, leave it out, prevails.

No phasing with a split jet,results in the remainder of Feb. being colder than normal and drier than normal.

We can only hope or pray for a change before spring and summer.

No medium or long range models offer much relief at this time.

Posted by: AugustaJim | February 13, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

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