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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 02/ 4/2009

PM Update: Cold Winds With Snow Showers

By Ian Livingston

Another dusting? Frigid on Thursday before warm-up

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Following a surprise dusting to an inch or so of snow this morning, today has been defined by cold temperatures and winds gusting as high as 25-30 mph. The instability created by cold air aloft and some times of sun has led to a mostly cloudy afternoon and more snow showers. Highs that reached the low-to-mid 30s will fall back into the 20s this evening as a gusty breeze continues.

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.

Through Evening & Overnight: Snow showers may linger into the evening -- some spots could pick up a quick dusting -- along with a gusty breeze. Skies clear out overnight and temperatures plummet as lows reach the mid-teens in colder spots to near 20 in D.C. Overnight winds from the northwest around 10-15 mph, with higher gusts, will send wind chills into the single digits at times.

Tomorrow (Thursday): Mostly sunny skies will not do much to warm us up on Thursday, and in fact it should be colder than today as highs only reach the upper 20s in most locations. A northwest wind will still be gusting early in the day before beginning to taper off by evening.

See Dan Stillman's forecast through the weekend.

Clean Your Car, Or Else: The D.C. Council has passed an emergency law allowing police officers to stop individuals driving around with ice and snow on their car. "Driving while snowy" could currently land you a warning, but in the future there may be fines or traffic school for offenders.

By Ian Livingston  | February 4, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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Current temp. in Burke: 32.9 with clearing skies.

I was surprised to see some flurries today when I was walking home from the school bus!

The story pattern predicted to start next week brings my hopes up for some snow! :)

By the way, how do you hyperlink words so that when you press on them they take you to a website? I've been trying to figure that out ever since I've started posting comments on the CWG website. Thanks!

Oh, by the way, this weekend is a 3 day weekend because Monday is Presidents Day!! :D

Posted by: Yellowboy | February 4, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Periodic flurries in Silver Spring all afternoon. Now they are coming down at a good clip - and the sun is shining!

Posted by: LaurainNWDC | February 4, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Today's high of 35 today is nearly 10 degrees below average. What everyone else calls a warm up, or "not like how winter used to be around here," I call getting back to normal.

Posted by: SouthsideFFX | February 4, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Yellowboy, Next weekend is president's day. Feb 16th.

Posted by: AnneinSand | February 4, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Started the day in Lumberton nc 3 inches of snow more snow on the ground in smithfiled, then nada as I got to alexandria va

Posted by: pvogel88 | February 4, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

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