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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 03/13/2009

PM Update: Gray Skies Persist; Showers Tomorrow

By Ian Livingston

Continued winter-like on Saturday, some p.m. rain

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Wintertime conditions prevailed today after some light conversational snow this morning for D.C. and points south. Highs are only reaching up to the upper 30s and around 40 in most locations this afternoon while clouds remain entrenched in the region. Outside an isolated sprinkle or flurry prior to sunset, most places will stay dry and cold as we head toward dark.

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Tonight: Dreary and sometimes damp conditions look likely overnight. Some trapped low-level moisture may produce spotty drizzle and fog as the night progresses. The bright side? Clouds will keep temperatures from dropping to extremely chilly levels. That said, lows in the low-and-mid 30s is still fairly cold for those looking forward to the warm season ahead.

Tomorrow (Saturday): More clouds, more cold and some afternoon/evening rain begin the weekend Saturday. By the middle of the day, showers should be approaching or into the area, and they look to continue into the night. Most area totals should be light, but we'll take whatever we get considering how dry we've been. Highs will only hit the low-to-mid 40s again -- spring is coming?

See Camden Walker's full forecast through the beginning of next week.

Snow Close By: Winter 2008-2009 and abundant snowfall in the mid-Atlantic. Something seems wrong with that statement, unless you live in the mountains of western Md. Wisp Resort is planning on keeping the slopes open late this year, into mid-April assuming no heat waves are around the corner. They are now at 112"+ and counting for seasonal snowfall. If you're still longing for a little snow, it's only a few hours drive away.

By Ian Livingston  | March 13, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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One very small band of precip moving across northern DC now. I'm seeing a few sloppy snowflakes.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | March 13, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Flurries in NWDC again.

Posted by: LaurainNWDC | March 13, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Wisp Resort at 112" was somewhat short changed compared to Snowshoe at 189", but once over 100", 77" here or there doesn't make a huge difference.

I received 1.5 inches of snow last night. Still about an inch on the ground and trees, after a cold high temp. of only 33 degrees.

Looks like some much needed rain tomorrow.

Posted by: AugustaJim | March 13, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm seeing some wet flakes mixed in with the light rain in NW DC from time to time.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | March 13, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Most rain indications seem to be rather light, on the order of a tenth to a quarter inch here. The full aggregate total could run as high as half an inch.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 13, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Hello Capital Weather Friends from the great white northwest. After spending 3 days in Whistler, Canada, I've decided to start measuring DC snowfall in centimeters, like they do up here. It seems more appropriate with respect to the winters we have been having, it makes the small totals seem not so bad...

Posted by: JJones-CapitalWeatherGang | March 13, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

hey jamie - I'm jealous. I go there ever year in February. love the microclimates there (and the skiing!) enjoy

Posted by: novajeffc | March 13, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

It's not hard to see why the mountains in WV and PA got so much snow this winter. There was a strong zonal-to-northwest flow, storms passing us by to the north, and a endless succession of windy cold fronts sweeping across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. That set up classic Lake-Effect and orographic snow squalls from the lee shores of Lakes Erie/Ontario eastward and southeastward to the western slopes of the Appalachians as far east as the Allegheny Front, but left the lee (eastern) sides of the mountains (like us)fairly dry and cold.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | March 13, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Is tomorrow night going to be more than a couple degrees warmer than tonight? No forecaster seems to mention the "snow" word for Saturday night anymore (although Lou Scally mentioned "some may see a flurry" on his 11:00 report), but here on the leeward side of the Blue Ridge east of Front Royal, it's 29.1F currently. If we're at 32 or below tomorrow night, I would think picking up a couple inches of snow isn't out of the question.

Anyone care to weigh in?

Posted by: spgass1 | March 13, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

spgass1, it appears the upper levels of the atmosphere will be too warm to support snow Saturday night south of PA.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | March 13, 2009 11:54 PM | Report abuse

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