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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 11/24/2009

PM Update: Damp for Thanksgiving getaway

By Ian Livingston

Periods of drizzle and a shower or two on Wednesday

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Our cloudy and damp stretch is two days strong now and is not ready to let up quite yet. After rain continued into last night, today has been drier by comparison, but areas of drizzle have plagued much of the region throughout. Highs mainly in the low-to-mid 50s are right around average for this time of year. Winds from the north and east will help keep drizzle or light showers in the forecast at least into tomorrow afternoon.

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Through Tonight: If you like clouds and periods of drizzle, you're in luck -- they continue to be the weather story tonight. Watch out for some areas of fog. Lows range from the lower 40s in the coldest spots to the mid-and-upper 40s downtown.

Tomorrow (Wednesday): For those making a last-minute dash out of town for Thanksgiving, expect more of the same with perhaps slightly warmer temperatures. Drizzle and a few light showers look to be around much of the day, with a respite possible by evening into the overnight. Mid-50s should do it for highs most spots.

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Thanksgiving weather: Weather Underground's Shaun Tanner examines Thanksgiving's average temperature readings across the United States. Since 1950, he finds that the coldest Thanksgiving was in 1993 as the country saw an average high of 40F and an average low of 25F. The warmest Thanksgiving occurred in 1998 when the country saw an average high of 61F and an average low near 40F.

By Ian Livingston  | November 24, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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Comments

Looks like Nov will end up about 3.3 - 3.5 degrees above av., & I believe this same pattern will cont. thru at least Jan.

Posted by: VaTechBob | November 24, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Too darned much "above" average... we need some below average temps for a change, particularly when the next "coastal" heads our way.

Time for some much-needed SNOW!!!

We seem to have two non-accumulating opportunities possible Friday and again early next week.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | November 24, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

I think we'll need a fair amount of luck to see flakes around here on Friday. Maybe highest elevations well north of the city... would not be too confident in that at this point either. Should be some upslope snows in ski country though.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | November 24, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Was pleased to see Bob Ryan thinks we'll have a snowy winter- let's keep those favorable (for snow lovers!) long range predictions coming :)

Posted by: Snowlover2 | November 24, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Why is it taking so long for the East-Coast storms to move up the coast this year? It normally, for the average storm, takes about 12-18 hours, from the onset of precipitation, for the low center to pass by us by to the east and for precipitation to stop. Yet, this year, for several systems in a row, it just takes forever....in some cases, up to 4 days. Even this system, like the last one, took two full days, and the effects will still be lingerting tomorrow. If this happens when the tempreatures drop in thre next two months, we are going to get some BIG snows.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | November 24, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Looks like fog is becoming an issue already -- DC disappearing in web cam.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | November 24, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

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