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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 02/18/2009

PM Update: A Few Showers, Then More Wind

By Ian Livingston

Partly sunny and brisk on Thursday, some flurries?

* Which Rain Gear Did You Choose to Use? | Historic Snow Drought *

One of our biggest snow events of the season quickly came and went this morning, with a grand total of around a dusting to about 0.5" common across parts of the area. A southerly wind and temperatures rising toward highs in the low 40s turned everyone over to rain by late morning, and much of the day has been relatively dry with just a few scattered showers about.

Just a touch of morning snow in Glover Park, D.C. By CWG photographer Ian Livingston.

Through Tonight: Some scattered showers may stick around through evening before we fully dry out overnight. A cold front moving through will kick up gusty winds from the west and northwest late. Look for not-so-chilly lows in the mid-to-upper 30s as cold air lags a bit behind the front.

Tomorrow (Thursday): An increasingly gusty wind from the northwest (as high as 30-40 mph in the afternoon) will make highs around 40 or into the low 40s feel more like the 30s. Cold air in the upper atmosphere should create enough instability to produce partly cloudy skies and a possible smattering of non-accumulating flurries or snow showers.

See Jason Samenow's forecast through the weekend.

Today's Snow a Far Cry From 30 Years Ago: On Feb. 18, 1979, snow started falling in D.C. and didn't stop until 18.7 inches had accumulated. The "Presidents' Day I" snowstorm, as opposed to the "Presidents' Day II" storm of February 2003, was the third-largest snowstorm on record in the nation's capital.

By Ian Livingston  | February 18, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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Sure do miss the old days when it used to snow. Now if the would get as scarce as the snow, I would be a happy camper. Go Hokies beat the Hoo's.

Posted by: VaTechBob | February 18, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Not today. Go Hoos!

Posted by: dudster89 | February 18, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

i remember that storm in '79. we couldn't get out of our house because the snow was banked up against the door.

*sigh*. Whither are the winters of my youth?

Posted by: dinergirl | February 18, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

1979: The temperature prior to that storm was in the high teens or mid-twenties at midday...alas, we NEVER get that cold any more. Forecasters did not call that one...they were calling for 3-6 inches at most on Sunday evening and everyone was shocked to wake up Monday morning with 15-20" on the ground.

The other historic storms I recall were 1983, 1996 and 2003. Since 2003, we've been largely devoid of snow.

Right now, I'm not happy with all these "March" winds a month early. We also have a bit of snow expected over the weekend but it's only a "clipper", or rather a "Saskatchewan Screamer" according to WGN's Tom Skilling. Probably too dry for anything significant. That's been the story this winter.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | February 18, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

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