PM Update: A Few Showers, Then More Wind
Partly sunny and brisk on Thursday, some flurries?
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.
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.
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