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Posted at 3:20 PM ET, 02/10/2009

PM Update: Warmest Air of Season Coming?

By Ian Livingston

'Toasty' Wednesday with showers and wind late

* Australians Link Climate Change and Deadly Fires *

Cloudy skies through much of today kept highs just below 60 in most places, though upper 50s is still rather mild for this time of year. As a warm front lifts north through the area this afternoon, mostly cloudy conditions will persist despite some breaks of sun. A few scattered sprinkles or showers may drift by into the evening, especially over western and northern portions of the area.

Radar: Latest regional 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.

Tonight: A sprinkle/shower or two is not out of the question this evening and overnight, but most activity should stay northwest of the area. Cloudy skies and a light breeze will limit temperature falls overnight. Expect lows in the mid-40s to near 50 -- close to or a bit above average for highs this time of year.

Tomorrow (Wednesday): After a mild and cloudy morning, any late-day breaks of sun may help the area see its warmest day of the year so far as winds become breezy from the south/southwest. Afternoon highs in the upper 60s look like a good bet, with a few 70s possible here and there, even with partly to mostly cloudy skies. Dulles airport could break the day's record high of 67 set back in 1999.

Tomorrow Night: A strong (but weakening) line of showers and gusty winds, maybe with some embedded thundershowers, should move through between approximately sunset and 1 a.m. Temperatures will remain rather mild -- dropping from the 60s into the 50s early in the evening, down to morning lows around 45-50. But overnight winds remain gusty as a cold front ushers in somewhat cooler air for what shapes up as a very windy Thursday.

See Matt Rogers' forecast through the weekend.

Southern California Snow: In the continuing quest to document places that have seen more snow than D.C. this winter, we can add portions of the Southern California coast to the list. Snow fell in San Louis Obispo County yesterday, with up to a few inches in the hills.

By Ian Livingston  | February 10, 2009; 3:20 PM ET
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i'd like to hear more about the snow chances for next week. what's up with the models and so on. is it possible we'll have enough cold air for snow?

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 10, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

You may want show, but I had rather have some record warm air that saves me money. You can drive to snow.

Posted by: gary4books | February 10, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Current temp. in Burke: 65 with plenty of clouds.


Don't you mean "snow" instead of "show"? : P

Posted by: Yellowboy | February 10, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Three storms will impact us in the next seven days: tomorrow [possible thunder with frontal passage], Saturday [more likely a cold rain with maybe some "slush"] and midweek next week.

The nature of next week's storm is uncertain, but more likely to be rain than snow.

Global warming??? A segment on Katie Couric's CBS newscast just mentioned that many migratory birds are moving their winter homes northward. Could be Andrew Freedman's next story. At any rate, we're seeing FAR LESS SNOW around here than we used to. Gary4books sounds like another old-fashioned car fan. Only problem is that motor fuel is getting scarce and high-priced & this is contributing to the economic crisis.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | February 10, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

When April arrives, then we can discuss weather this was a warming winter. Why is it now that the left wing society seems to have so many new religions. The religion of Global Warming, the Obama religion, the hate Bush religion..

Posted by: fly66 | February 10, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

"global warming" and "hate bush" cannot be called religions because they are based on evidence.

"obama," right now, CAN be called a religion because it is based on feelings and hopes, not evidence. (there's not much to go on yet.)

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 10, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

i agree with you. it sure seems like "far less snow." can you come up with data to support that?

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 10, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse


uncertain yes but you can't say rain. If you have taken a look at the ECM past few runs you would see it would not be rain. ECM has been advertising a pretty nice set up around with a potential split flow patter, good blocking, 50/50 low, -NAO and the list goes on. POTENTIAL is the key word of course. If the ECM can hang on to these features throught this weekend then I say we might be in good shape. GFS of course is going through its game playing phase. I'm not saying its going to happen I'm just saying its possible! Is the GFS right? don't know. Is the ECM right? don't know but I would much rather take the ECM over the GFS even at this range. Anyways I enjoy reading your posts!

Posted by: clintonportis17 | February 10, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

I thought this was a weather site? If I want to argue politics, there are other places to be.

Posted by: manassasmissy | February 10, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

i love it when you talk like that! it make me all tingly... here's hoping it all comes together.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 10, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse


hahaha just talking potential. 70 tomorrow! Foot of snow next week!!! lol jk :)

Posted by: clintonportis17 | February 10, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse


Well, it is President's Day Weekend coming up. Seems to be the right time for wild winter weather around here. :-D

Posted by: joshnva | February 10, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse


This is actually quite tame compared to what we saw over the summer during hurricane season, when there were any number of vile, racist comments made about citizens of New Orleans. Does anybody else remember that?

Sadly, there are a handful of topics (no matter how reasonably handled by our capital weather friends), that seem to attract people with an overabundance of political passion and a seeming lack of unbiased scientific knowledge.

It is frustrating when this happens, but it is pretty infrequent, and sometimes even a bit amusing.


Posted by: chrissie413 | February 10, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

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