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Posted at 9:30 AM ET, 02/ 4/2009

Forecast: Too Cold? Just Wait for the Weekend

By Dan Stillman

Snow showers today; warm-up begins Friday

* FedCast Poll | Later: AccuWeather Feels Backlash After Sorry Storm *


Today: Cold & breezy with snow showers, especially in the a.m. 30-35. | Tonight: Really cold & breezy. Mid-teens to near 20. Single-digit wind chills. | Tomorrow: Colder still. Upper 20s to near 30. | A Look Ahead


January was consistently cold -- the warmest Reagan National Airport got was 51 (on the 5th and 23rd); most days saw highs in the 30s and 40s, with two 20s and one teens mixed in. The only thing consistent about February? Well, that it hasn't been consistent. The month is only in its fourth day, and already we've seen highs of 61, 57, 42, and probably 30-something today. Which way will temperatures go next?...

Radar: Latest D.C. area radar loop shows movement of precipitation over past two hours. Powered by HAMweather. Refresh page to update. Click here to see radar bigger. Or see radar bigger on our Weather Wall.

Today (Wednesday): Variably cloudy with snow showers and flurries, especially in the morning. Highs only get to around 30-35, with wind chills in the upper teens and 20s thanks to 10-20 mph winds (gusts to 20-30 mph) from the northwest. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Clearing skies, windy and really cold with lows in the mid-teens to near 20, wind chills in the single digits. Thanks a lot, Phil. Confidence: High

Trust me, this weekend's warm-up is worth a click. Keep reading...

Snow melts as it hits the ground Tuesday morning on Wisconsin Avenue in Glover Park, D.C. By Capital Weather Gang photographer Ian Livingston.

Tomorrow (Thursday): Ok, temperatures are going in the wrong direction as far as I'm concerned. Thursday looks most sunny but even colder -- highs in the upper 20s to near 30 -- and still somewhat breezy. Things are about to get better, I promise. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: Mostly clear and cold again, but at least the winds will be dying down. Lows in the upper teens to low 20s. Confidence: Medium-High


The warm-up begins with a mostly sunny Friday and highs in the mid-40s. Friday night won't have quite the chill of Thursday night as temps bottom around 25-30 (suburbs-city). Confidence: Medium-High

The weekend looks great for just about anything you might have planned. A lot of sun and a warm breeze from the southwest should push Saturday highs well into the 50s, and Sunday highs could top 60 with a small chance of a brief shower. Confidence: Medium

By Dan Stillman  | February 4, 2009; 9:30 AM ET
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Surprise, surprise. While I type this from my computer office, it is snowing HARD here in Westminster around 2 a.m.

So Weather Gang...

How do you explain this?

Posted by: olandob23 | February 4, 2009 2:14 AM | Report abuse

Hey CWG, wakey wakey! What's this my radio is telling me about a Winter Weather Advisory until 10AM, and schools in MD with delays and closings? A leftover from the storm we had yesterday?

Posted by: MKoehl | February 4, 2009 6:39 AM | Report abuse

Yesterday, southeastern PA was surprised with snow that seemed to set up in bands, some of which even produced lightning and thunder. It looks like some of that snow has pushed south and backfilled a bit.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | February 4, 2009 7:00 AM | Report abuse

Yep, most definitely some strength in those bands

Ol' Tom K this morning was reporting that Lancaster, Penn picked up TEN inches from a series of bands that set up there yesterday, so it's clear that the upper atmosphere has some staying power

While if you get under one of these bands (I'm looking at you, northern maryland) you can see some good snow and even light to moderate accumulation, the rest of us can expect just light snow (I know my patio has just a light trace of flakes). Enjoy it while you can, as it should wrap up quickly once it runs out of steam.

Posted by: JJones-CapitalWeatherGang | February 4, 2009 7:15 AM | Report abuse

once again our fabulous DC weather forecasters are asleep at the switch. NWS has potential ONE TO TWO inches???!!! Where did this come from?

Posted by: jay4811 | February 4, 2009 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Jay, while the potential is there for decent accumulations, it is going to be very localized based on where you are and where the strongest bands set up. Consider it very similar to a spring thunderstorm, and how the line making up and breaking up can be the difference between 1/3 of an inch of rain and severe lightning/wind or a light sprinkle and dark skies.

With that said, I would be wary of untreated roads, especially NORTH AND EAST of the city

Posted by: JJones-CapitalWeatherGang | February 4, 2009 7:38 AM | Report abuse

Coming down pretty hard here in north arlington, solid coating on the ground in the last 30 minutes....

Posted by: ironmanjt | February 4, 2009 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Hey CWG, how long do you foresee before we ditch the Southerly Air-flow that we're expecting this weekend? Any Arctic Air Masses in our Near Future?

Posted by: TheAnalyst | February 4, 2009 8:10 AM | Report abuse


It might go back to a colder pattern around 2/15 or so...

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 4, 2009 8:14 AM | Report abuse


Not anytime soon unfortunatly. I believe Dan mentioned it in a comment a few days ago, but it looks like we are going to be average or above average in temps at least well towards Valentine's day.

Posted by: JJones-CapitalWeatherGang | February 4, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Have to agree with jay4811 on this one. This one was missed by all. And, it came at the worst time as there were numerous accidents at the outer suburbs/exurbs.

Posted by: jojo2008 | February 4, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

The roads in DC and Silver Spring were not just safe, they were almost dry. If *I* wasn't worried driving in it, you know it's safe!

Posted by: LaurainNWDC | February 4, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Yep, the big long does this weekend blowtorch last, and will we be able to set up for met. winter's last big fling in time for President's Day??? Let's hold the rain weenies back for a little while yet...

Prelims set up a low in East Texas next Tuesday/Wednesday, but the weather will likely be too warm for anything wintry. We might even start seeing the early crocuses.

This weekend, I'm planning a trail hike.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | February 4, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Every day in Feb it's above 50 is a good day in my book. Looking forward to getting the vehicles cleaned up this weekend and going for a bike ride. I hope spring has sprung so I can drag the trailer down to Assateague for a few days later this month.

Posted by: soyboy99 | February 4, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Instability snow showers are developing over the area. Lots of virga visible here from near the National Mall, downtown...

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 4, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Looking at some of the long term models, looks like we'll get cold again sometime after the 14th, with a series of low pressures over the next several days. May not be cold enough though...

Posted by: maestrojmk | February 4, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Yep, Cameron. Same thing at 14th & I, NW. A few quick snow showers have blown through over the past 30 minutes. Just enough to cut down on productivity . . .

Posted by: ParkerGP | February 4, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

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