PM Update: Snow Dwindles, Warmth Returns Soon
Mostly sunny with temperatures near average Thursday
Today we saw a whole lot of sun, and quite a bit of snow melt, even though temperatures still did not get too high. Without strong gusty winds in the mix, highs in the mid-30s felt considerably warmer than the past two days of midwinter-like snow and chill. After one more atypically cold night, we're headed up in the temperature department and looking at a springtime preview by weekend.
Tonight: We have become pros at dealing with cold nights this winter, so this one won't be too bad. Regardless, temperatures will be running 10-15 degrees below average as the mercury bottoms out in the mid-teens for the suburbs to the low 20s in D.C.
Tomorrow (Thursday): Under mostly sunny skies, temperatures will climb off morning lows to highs in the upper 40s and low 50s. Remaining snow will take a big hit, and by the end of the day we may be left with only whitened shady areas plus piles created by plows/shoveling. But, it is almost spring, and it's time for greenery instead of snow ... right? Winds stay pretty light while blowing from the south.
See Dan Stillman's full and warmer forecast through the weekend.
More on March Snow: Before this week, we were left looking to March for a bailout from our nearly snowless winter. Even though big March snows are hard to come by, it happened. Occasional CWG contributor Matt Ross has compiled a list of top-10 March snowstorms at National Airport (DCA) and Dulles International (IAD). What did he find? At 5.5", this week's event ranked #7 for DCA, where the top-10 ranged from 4.2" to 8.4". At IAD 6.0" was good enough for #9, and the top-10 ranged from 5.4" to 14.1". So while it may not have been truly historic in this area, it will go down as a March storm to remember.
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