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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 02/26/2009

PM Update: Showery Friday, Weekend Mix Looms

By Ian Livingston

Mild through tomorrow; Bob Ryan on climate change

* Snowmen Against Global Warming | Weatherman Falls Down on Job *

Lots of clouds helped keep temperatures in check today, but not before reaching highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Some breaks of sunshine are evident this afternoon, but gray skies will rule over blue for the next few days. What about precipitation falling from the clouds? With only 2 days left in the month, we could certainly use whatever the sky can offer. There is still hope to keep this from becoming the driest February on record at National Airport.

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Tonight: Mostly cloudy skies and light winds from the south will keep temperatures up overnight. Look for lows mainly in the low-to-mid 40s across the area.

Tomorrow (Friday): We start Friday cloudy before a cold front brings a chance of showers by late morning or midday as highs reach the upper 50s to low 60s. Scattered showers should persist into evening, especially in southern and eastern sections, as the front begins to stall to our south.

Unfortunately, rain totals may not be particularly impressive, though there's a decent chance we'll get the .16" needed to keep this from being a record-dry February. If not, then Saturday's rain threat could still put us over the top.

Weekend: We're still watching for a potential wintry mix this weekend. Rain could develop as early as midday Saturday as highs reach the low 40s. The rain could mix with snow and sleet late Saturday night and Sunday as colder air works its way in -- Sunday looks windy with highs having trouble getting out of the 30s. Our current thinking is that any accumulation of snow and/or sleet would be mainly confined to locations north and west of the metro area. But this is a low-confidence forecast and could easily change one way or the other.

The early outlook for Monday? Mostly sunny but continued windy with highs in the upper 30s.

Bob Ryan on Global Warming: Bob Ryan, chief meteorologist at NBC Washington, has released much of a 6-part series on global warming, with the final installments expected today and tomorrow. The series covers everything from changing weather patterns, to how observations are made, what can be considered natural vs. unnatural climate variation, and more. CWG's Andrew Freedman will comprehensively explore the series in the near future.

By Ian Livingston  | February 26, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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I saw the first sign of spring here today. There were about 10 Robins hoppin' around in my neighbors front yard just a few minutes ago.

Posted by: Havoc737 | February 26, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Still some question whether this weekend storm is a "bonus snow" or a slushy/raw rainy mix, and how long it's going to run. It could run into Monday morning with greater threats for snow accumulations on the tail end.

My old stomping grounds in Menomonie/Eau Claire, WI are getting thundersnow this afternoon with accumulations as high as 9 inches. Fat chance of getting THAT around here this winter.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | February 26, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Weather Channel has us in snow/snow showers through at least noon TUESDAY!!!

This could be the storm of the winter...but local TV mets are tending to downplay everything from Saturday night on...

Posted by: Bombo47jea | February 26, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse


I don't think I've ever seen you "wishcast" as much as I have seen you these last few weeks. Granted we all want snow (at least the snow lovers) and we are nearing the end of meteorological winter with only 2" to brag about, but come on man! The models are NOT showing this latest Sunday/Monday system giving us much of anything. The forecast seems to take this low that will be spinning off the Georgia coast eventually out to sea. True, ANYTHING can happen given it is still 3 days out, but the odds are not in our favor. A little cold rain and some mixture for Sunday morning and then a few rain/snow showers after that and then it looks to be all done. SIGH... I wish it weren't so. I miss the snow. Maybe a March system will appear, otherwise bring on SPRING!

Posted by: pjdunn1 | February 26, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

If any1 is expecting an accumulating snowstorm in the DC area, I have 2 words, forget it. Temps will b 2 warm 2 support anything more than a slushy acc. It is now time 4 spring.

Posted by: VaTechBob | February 26, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm still pretty interested (maybe most I've been this year) in the weekend/mon event/s... different type of situation than majority of 08/09. Many things have to go right still, but we're closing in now and the potential is still there for some wintry surprises... obviously climo-favored spots are still the places to focus on at this point, but even in D.C. this can be a snow event. I'd personally waver toward the wintry side at the moment though I am a snow hound on the inside.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 26, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

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