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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 03/ 4/2009

PM Update: Snow Dwindles, Warmth Returns Soon

By Ian Livingston

Mostly sunny with temperatures near average Thursday

* Storm Grades: Wx Checker, Our Thoughts | Snow Comments *

Webcam: Latest view of D.C. from the Netherlands Carillon at Arlington National Cemetery. Courtesy National Park Service. Refresh page to update. See this image bigger on our Weather Wall.

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.

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CNN covers a rare big March snowstorm in D.C. By CWG photographer Kevin Ambrose.

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.

By Ian Livingston  | March 4, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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Comments

According to this list it's possible to get measurable snow as late as April 1, perhaps even later.

Nothing big expected near-term, but we should see weather that's more spring-like. We are north of a warm front on Monday and Tuesday.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 4, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Bombo47jea:

Yep nothing in the near term but warmth that a lot of folks are looking forward to.

Winter/snow lovers: The time period to watch would be the 11th-15th of the month.

Why I'm mentioning this I have no idea but the 18z GFS was showing a frontal passage around the 12th with what looks like to be a storm system deveolping along this front and coming north. Miller A?? Who knows but it will be interesting to watch.

http://www.nco.ncep.noaa.gov/pmb/nwprod/analysis/namer/gfs/18/fp0_192.shtml

Posted by: clintonportis17 | March 4, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Current temp. in Burke: 26.8 with clear star-filled skies.

I heard that it could get colder towards the end of next week. Joe Lundberg mentions it in his blog:

http://www.accuweather.com/mt-news-blogs.asp?partner=accuweather&blog=lundberg

Posted by: Yellowboy | March 4, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

clintonportis17:

Looks interesting, but how can you tell that the storm system along that front is moving north?

Posted by: Yellowboy | March 4, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Yellowboy:

Should have been more clear its north/north eastward then out to see. The GFS depliction with the nao,pna,ao during this time frame would make this POTENTIAL storm very interesting. WAY to early for details but IMO this would be clearly the time to watch for MAYBE winters last gasp.

Posted by: clintonportis17 | March 4, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

just when everyone is winding down from the snow, i'll be posting a pic of my sculpture tomorrow.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | March 4, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Pretty sure tomorrow is Thursday. You may want to fix that...

Posted by: Smilinfox | March 4, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Wow. I didn't realize how little snow (relatively speaking) fell at DCA during the Storm of the Century (1993). less than half of that at Dulles. I was in C'ville at the time, and I think we got almost two feet.

Posted by: dinergirl | March 5, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

wasn't there another "storm of the century"...in '96? how much fell in falls church in 96?

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | March 5, 2009 12:18 AM | Report abuse

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