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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 11/ 5/2009

PM Update: A shower or two, then clearing

By Ian Livingston

Mostly sunny Friday before cold Friday night

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Lots of sun visited the area again this morning and highs have reached up between 55 and 60 many spots. Though we've seen more in the way of clouds during the afternoon, just a stray shower or two is expected through early evening, and any cloudiness should subside as the sun sets. A sometimes gusty wind from the northwest adds an extra chill to the air through the night and into tomorrow.

Radar: Latest D.C. area radar loop shows movement of precipitation over past two hours. Powered by HAMweather. Refresh page to update. Click here or on image to enlarge. Or see radar bigger on our Weather Wall.

Through Tonight: After evening clouds and isolated showers dwindle, a mostly clear and chilly night is upcoming. Just about everyone should get into the 30s, with lows ranging from the mid-30s for the suburbs to near 40 downtown.

Tomorrow (Friday): We end the work week with lots of sun and cool temperatures. Highs probably don't get much above the low 50s. Winds could be somewhat gusty -- up to 25 mph or so -- from the northwest during the midday, but should subside late. Lighter winds set the stage for what could be the coolest night of this young cold season.

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Ida: Yesterday we were looking at tropical depression #11 in the Southwest Caribbean. Well, it quickly became a tropical storm and then a hurricane before impacting Nicaragua this morning. The center of now Tropical Storm Ida remains close to the shore but fully over land. Current indications are that whatever is left of the circulation will drift north and back over water, possibly re-intensifying. The waters of the Western Caribbean are still very warm and the storm could become a hurricane again if it survives its trip through Central America. It is very difficult to get a strong storm to move into the U.S. this time of year, but it is possible and we will keep watch.

By Ian Livingston  | November 5, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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Hello from Middlebury, Vermont, where I (the former mcleaNed) am attending college for my freshman year. After so many brokenhearted winters without significant snow totals, I rebelled against DC winters and made sure to apply to schools well north; my southernmost school was in the northern half of Ohio.

A year with 40-60 inches of snow may be "epic" for DC, as you point out in your Winter outlook, but that wouldn't raise many eyebrows up here. Burlington's average snowfall is 72.6 inches, and they've had over 90 for the last three years! That's an inch a day for around three months; in other words, the kind of winter that I've waited for so long to experience.

Speaking of snow: according to the NWS, there's a 30 percent chance of some snow showers tonight in Middlebury, with accumulations of less than .5 inches possible. It may not be much, but just to see a few flakes falling would be exciting. At least it's not 50 degrees out, like it appears to be down in the nation's capital!

I wish that there were some site remotely like Capitalweather for the Vermont area; there very well might be, but I don't think it can compare to this one. It was always fun to stay up late with the DC radar and CapWX displayed on my computer. There might not have been much snow, but there certainly is a lot of community down there!

I hope the prediction of a cold and snowy winter holds true! DC could use one. So long from Vermont, where winter dreams DO come true. :-)

Kenneth Burchfiel

Posted by: KBurchfiel | November 5, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

mcleaNed, though it won't help your studies any, there are plenty of Green Mountain folks on EasternWx who'll stay up all night with you to talk about the snow...

Posted by: mookie2 | November 5, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

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