PM Update: Cold Settles In, Rain Begins Arriving
Rain likely Thursday along with raw northeast wind
Cold conditions settled into the area overnight and through today, and now the first waves of rain are arriving. Patches of mainly light rain -- maybe a sleet pellet or two early -- should continue as we head through the evening, though it's possible not every location will get wet. Otherwise, what a difference 24 hours makes. Today we are about 20 degrees colder than yesterday at this time! Highs have generally risen into the low 50s, though some western and northern spots were not able to get out of the upper 40s this afternoon.
Through Tonight: Showers and patches of light rain will be around through evening, but nothing terribly intense, and there should be some sizeable breaks in the action too. As we head through the night and get toward morning the chances of consistent rain go up. Lows range from the upper 30s in the chillier spots to the low-or-mid 40s downtown.
Tomorrow (Thursday): Raw, wet and breezy are the stories for Thursday as our first nor'easter of the season winds up and moves by. We should see periods of rain, sometimes moderate, throughout much of the day and into the evening. With rain and persistent cool air, temperatures won't rise much during the day, only into the mid-40s many spots with perhaps a few upper 40s. Northeast winds around 10-15 mph will be accompanied by occasionally higher gusts -- bundle up!
Another Snowy Forecast: Jason Samenow recently explored the growing number of cold and snowy forecasts coming out for this winter. Today, AccuWeather and Joe Bastardi released their official forecast for the winter with the tantalizing headline "Core of Winter from D.C. to Charlotte." AccuWeather expects snowfall to be above average for this year which would be quite a departure from recent years. All this leaves me wondering: Could the gathering early nor'easter be a sign of things to come?
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