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

PM Update: Some Cloud Breaks, But Still Cold

By Ian Livingston

Mostly cloudy, continued very chilly on Wednesday

* The Official FedCast Poll | Umbrella in the Snow? *

After some more conversational snow (the story of this winter) this morning, skies have been cloudy throughout the day with some breaks of sunshine intermixed this afternoon. Temperatures have reached highs in the upper 30s, but a gusty wind from the northwest has kept wind chills in the 20s throughout the day. Chilly and blustery conditions last through the night and into tomorrow.

Not enough snow for sledding. By CWG photographer Kevin Ambrose, taken in Oakton, Virginia this morning.

Tonight: We will see mostly cloudy skies overnight with a chance for a passing snow shower or flurry. Lows will reach the low-to-mid 20s across the area. Winds will be from the northwest around 10 mph.

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Clouds and cold winds will combine to produce temperatures well below average Wednesday. Highs will only reach the low-to-mid 30s -- about 10 degrees below normal. Winds gusting up to 30 mph will add to the chill, so bundle up as necessary!

See Matt Rogers' forecast through the weekend.

London's Snow Mess Continues: Yesterday, we mentioned London's biggest snowstorm in about 2 decades. Today, the fallout continues. Transportation, including ten out of eleven of the city's subways, ground to a halt and is still slowly coming back online. At least the kids are having fun. Just in time for the cleanup to end, more snow is possible later in the week.

By Ian Livingston  | February 3, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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I did see some flurries this afternoon. Total here from last night in eastern Warren Co. was 4.25 inches. I was surprised the schools only got a 2 hour delay, but the main roads were fine.
Here's a picture I took this morning if interested:

Posted by: spgass1 | February 3, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

What happened to the "storm" that was supposed to give us precip today? For days, there was hype about a snowstorm Tuesday from a Gulf system moving up the East Coast. Now, except for a little frontal-related stuff last night, nothing. Did the storm form and track too far offshore? (That's what the satellite photos seem to show). NWS, for some reason, is mum on the subject.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | February 3, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

By the afternoon, here 50mins north of Washington D.C., there was no snow to be found (half an inch during the night though).

Posted by: bastings | February 3, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse


CWG has been saying since Saturday that the storm wasn't going to materialize as the models showed earlier. They correctly stated that the storm was tracking too far east for a couple days now.

Posted by: schrute | February 3, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

MMCarhelp, the storm did go too far out to sea and never came together in quite the way it was modeled for several days last week. As schrute mentioned, our forecasts here backed way off it a few days ago.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 3, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

For those of us who love snow, the next two weeks are going to be BORING! However there is a lot of talk out in the weather world of a "major" pattern shift in about 2 weeks give or take a little. That could potentialy leave us with a cold/snowy late feb and early march. I believe the cold part but not the snowy part. I think La' Nina has been killing us this year. Although I think it peaked a while ago didn't it? It looks like our next chance at a "big" storm will around the 12-14th period and again on the 18-20th. The models are all over the place with the 12-14th with a GLC to a coastal. This might seem funny lol but I'll go ahead and say I think we will see at least one more winter storm watch issued for our area this winter.

Posted by: clintonportis17 | February 3, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Hi clintonportis17, for what it is worth --regarding La Nina--it was only identified as a cold anamoly pretty recently. I don't recall any analysis indicating or speaking of it peaking. or forecasting much change, for that matter.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 3, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse


I still don't have a grasp on what the effects of a La' Nina and el'nino have on our weather but when winter is finally over will this go down as a La'Nina winter?

Posted by: clintonportis17 | February 3, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

DC. Winters. HATE.

Posted by: VAStateOfMind | February 3, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Alright, now that THAT'S out of my system - was it just me, or did most folks generally 5-10 miles outside the beltway get a dusting to an inch or two last night and today? That is to say, did EVERYBODY get a little snow except Washington, D.C. - AGAIN?? I know it can't be helped, but I'm so darn tired of this...

Posted by: VAStateOfMind | February 3, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse


In NW DC, we got a coating to half an inch... Covered the grass. There was even a little snow on my side street. Downtown snow didn't stick.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 3, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse


Out here in culpeper we actually got and inch before it tapered off late last night. If you go just west of Culpeper such as Luray they got 2-3 inches!

Posted by: clintonportis17 | February 3, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse it me or have several other locations such as, Malibu, Las Vegas, New Orleans, London, Seattle had more snow than DC?

Nuts and bolts, we are getting screwed!

Posted by: Jamie66 | February 3, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Snow chances thru mid month r bleak. Looking like this will b another fairly snowless winter. Don't hold out much hope 4 a late winter storm, once March arrives it's time 4 spring. Next winter is looking like another mild & below average snow season.

Posted by: VaTechBob | February 3, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse


Your right, Raleigh NC has had 3.9 inches to date with more expected tonight. DC has had 1.9 I believe? I mean during last Tuesdays storm, local news stations were calling 1-2 inches our first significant snow of the season!! I never thought I would see the day when 2 inches was significant around here. We are the laughing stock of the country when it comes to snow these days lol.

Posted by: clintonportis17 | February 3, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Is this winter colder than the other relatively snowless winters? Seems in the past the snowless winters were because it was too warm as the snow came through -- this year it's been wicked cold, with no snow. (At least January was).

Posted by: carrerascott | February 3, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse


Yes-- January ended 4 or 5 degrees below average. Will try to look at how this January's snowfall compared to other Januarys that were this cold (or warmer). Good topic for a future post.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 3, 2009 11:47 PM | Report abuse

A chart from a couple of years ago shows that cold Februaries have ranged from near zero snow to over 30". January is similar. There is also almost no correlation between January and February snow.

Posted by: CapitalClimate | February 4, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Here in the Portland, Oregon metro area, back in December, we had 13 inches of snow on our back porch. 13 inches!! You have to go back 30 years to find that kind of snow fall. It was absolutely amazing. My wife and I just kept taking picture after picture. It is just so rare for this area to get that much snow. The kids and I had an absolute blast!! We went sledding until we couldn't stand the cold any longer. Then we warmed up and went sledding again.

Mr. Q.

Posted by: Mr_Q | February 4, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse

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