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Posted at 3:30 PM ET, 11/30/2009

PM Update: One-day break from rain on Tuesday

By Ian Livingston

More wet stuff to follow

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Periods of light rain that began this morning continue into the evening commute as a cold front sweeps through the area. Most spots saw their high for the day occur at midnight, when temperatures were mostly in the mid-50s. Daytime readings have mainly been in the upper 40s and low 50s thanks to plenty of rain and clouds.

Radar: Latest regional radar shows movement of precipitation over past three 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: Showers continue into early evening, mainly ending between about 6 and 9 p.m. as they head out to our east. Clearing skies will follow, with low temperatures by morning near freezing in the suburbs to the upper 30s downtown. Wind gusts to near 20 mph early subside as the night wears on.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): We get a one-day respite in the cloudy and rainy weather on Tuesday as temperatures rise to near-normal levels. Look for mostly sunny skies throughout with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds blow around 10 mph from the west. .

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Snow? Meteorological winter gets underway tomorrow and some midday models are showing our first potential threat at wintry weather. The 12z GFS and 12z GGEM depict a chance of snow for portions of the area this weekend, on Dec. 5 to be precise. Interestingly enough, Dec. 5 has been quite a prolific snow day this decade with snow falling around here in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2007. It's too early to say if this is a real threat or something that will be off the maps tonight. We'll bring you more if necessary!

By Ian Livingston  | November 30, 2009; 3:30 PM ET
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Snow on December 5!? Yeeehaww, it's going to be beautful.

(By the way, my username is supposed to be "shovelit" but I don't know how to change it.)

Posted by: shoveit | November 30, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Well the 18Z showed similar " white stuff" as the 12Z

Posted by: redskinsfan01 | November 30, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I will not obsess about snow this year, I will not obsess about snow this year, I will not obsess about snow this year, .....

That said, I am always aware of Dec. 5th being a possible snow date, as it so often has been. I was thinking about that this morning, now lo and behold! A slight possibility! That was my Grandmother's birthday, so the date really sticks in my mind.

BTW, Shovelit, that is a very funny mistype.

Posted by: Snowlover2 | November 30, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse


Rainman Greg

(Just kidding). I am giddy at the mention of snow and also saw Accuweather and the NWS jumping on the potential. Here is what the 5pm NWS had to say about this weekend:

12z GFS has trended more pessimistic for Friday night and
Saturday...with a stronger wave becoming negatively tilted as it
moves into the middle Atlantic region as surface low pressure moves up
the eastern Seaboard. 12z Canadian indicated a similar trend. 12z
European model (ecmwf) also seems to trend that way. However...many of the 21z gefs
ensembles members are not as robust. Have decent confidence in a
colder than normal pattern in place...but low confidence in chances
of precipitation. Given the uncertainty of the large changes
will be made and have stuck close to HPC. However...if the
operational 12z GFS/Canadian hold...then some rain/snow could be
possible across the middle Atlantic in the Friday night/Saturday time
frame. Stay tuned...

Posted by: stinkerflat1 | November 30, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I think there's enough general support to think there's a real chance someone in the area can see some snow. It's still a new enough idea that it needs more monitoring -- though Dec. 5 likes to produce lately, it's obviously pretty early so we need a whole lot to go right.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | November 30, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Meteorological winter has arrived!

Let's go for the snow!!! No "teasers" like last winter...and keep the "much-needed-rain" crowd at bay!

--El Bombo--

Posted by: Bombo47jea | December 1, 2009 12:16 AM | Report abuse

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