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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 12/27/2009

Forecast: Return of the sun, trending cooler

By Brian Jackson

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Today's Daily Digit
 
A somewhat subjective rating of the day's weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.
 
6Early-morning fog (When did we move to London?), then mild with sun.
 
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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Fog early, then partly to mostly sunny. 46-51. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy, chance of snow showers west. 30-34. | Tomorrow: Brightening skies, cooler. 36-40. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Well then, let's try and dry out for a few days shall we? Between the snow and rain, our ground around here is likely screaming "Uncle!" in some strange, earthen language that sounds very squishy to our ears. Some lingering moisture led to some fog early this morning, but that has cleared and a front comes through tonight that will lead to a stretch of bright, dry, but chilly weather through midweek.

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Today (Sunday): After some patchy morning fog mixes out, we'll be left with partly to mostly sunny skies during the day. Mild temperatures, rising to near 50, will eat away at what little is left of our snowpack. At least we'll be dry again, as long as you don't go strolling off the pavement anyways. Winds will be from the west at 5-10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: A weak little low pressure system drags a cold front through the area overnight, ending our little stretch of mild temperatures. There will be a chance of some rain/snow showers as the front moves by but these will likely be trapped on the upslope side of the mountains leaving us mainly dry. Overnight lows will be in the lower 30s. Winds will turn from the northwest behind the front at 5-10 mph. Confidence:Medium- High

Keep reading for the forecast through mid-week...

Tomorrow (Monday): We'll turn cool again to start out the work week but at least we'll have plenty of sun after some early morning cloudiness and perhaps a snow flurry. Mostly sunny skies will emerge overhead and highs will push to near the 40 degree mark. Winds will pick up a bit, out of the west at 10-20 mph. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: Clear skies spell cold overnights with lows in the low-to-mid 20s. Winds will add a bite to the air as well continuing to be gusty at 10-20 mph. Confidence: High

A LOOK AHEAD

Tuesday and Wednesday we'll stay bright but chilly. Daytime highs will be held to the mid-to-upper 30s under mostly sunny skies. Overnights will stay chilly as well, in the low-to-mid 20s, with a few more clouds moving in on Wednesday night. Confidence: Medium-High

By Thursday, the next storm will be approaching from the south and we may have to break out the Snow Lover's Crystal Ball soon....

By Brian Jackson  | December 27, 2009; 10:30 AM ET
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Comments

Wow....if I am looking at the GFS right, this upcoming New Years Eve storm would bring several days of light to steady snow to the area (2 Lows) and will move off, bomb out and head up to New England where areas like New York City could get hammered for days with over 2 feet of snow. I know it is just one model but it does look interesting. The storm around the 7th looks like an inland runner with rain as of today.

Posted by: stinkerflat1 | December 27, 2009 7:12 AM | Report abuse

When can we expect the SLCB?

Posted by: snowlover | December 27, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

We had a hard freeze last night in the suburbs that made for some icy patches on the roads this morning.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | December 27, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

According to the preliminary extended forecast discussion, we could be in for a real mess on New Year's Eve [cf stinkerflat1's post above], extending possibly into the weekend. Precipitation type seems to be in question depending on the model consulted.

Inland cutters are definitely NOT welcome at this time during meteorological winter but are easier to take than snowstorms when trying to get to/from dances. The big problem involving my 2010 evening dances will be less meteorological and more related to Metro GM Catoe's "service-cuts" mentality. It's easier to take a rainy trip home than to deal with these extended late-night waits in D.C. Metro stations, and possible cutbacks in Columbia Pike bus service. Honestly, I can't figure out why D.C. can't have world-class subway service like other world political and financial capitals [e.g. New York, London, Paris, Moscow & Tokyo]. Instead, the current Metro GM's reaction is always knee-jerk: "service cutbacks, service cutbacks, service cutbacks". If I miss a few dances next year during inclement weather, it will be mainly because I don't like getting stranded for up to an hour or more aggregate in Metro transfer points like Metro Center and L'Enfant Plaza. John Catoe has simply got to realize that his planned service cutbacks adversely affect D.C. nightlife and thus hurt the local economy further [leading to a further downward spiral in Metro ridership!].

Posted by: Bombo47jea | December 27, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Bombo47, the reason we don't have world-class subway service here is because of space limitations. Metro was designed, and operates as a two-track system. That forces track-sharing, limits the number of trains available, and causes back-ups when trains malfunction or an issue happens. In addition, unlike other cities, much of Metro's operation is above ground, where the tracks and facilities are subject to the weather.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | December 27, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Did anybody notice how (probably)inaccurate the radar pictures were during the recent rain event? Starting out, you expect the inevitable virga overhead, of course, before the precipitation finally reaches the ground....so that in itself is not an issue. But, Friday evening, after the rain had started earlier in the afternoon, the radar, for hours and hours, almost continually showed the back side of the precipitation just south of the metro area.....Fredericksburg, Manassas, Warrenton, etc......AND IT JUST DID NOT MOVE. It, and the lighter rain/drizzle, held along that line all night long and ino the next morning, and, in Fairfax county, did not stop until around noon Saturday.....some 15 hours later. This was one of the wierdest things I ever saw on radar......why was the edge of the percip over the same line for the better part of a whole day....especially when the general motion showed it moving N/NE?

Did anymody on CWG notice that? I sure did.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | December 27, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Bombo47

Because the idiots who designed Metro never considered that the DC area would grow like it has. So when the system was designed back in 60's this is what we got. No stop in G'town because the Congress and the important folk didn't want the great unwashed in G'town. Someone forgot to to tell them about Georgetown's history.

Kennedy's and others didn't want blacks invading Georgetown. Or white trash.

And the suburbs are never going to pay for more stations and improvements to Metro in DC today.

Hope the bad weather on New year's Eve starts in the evening.


Posted by: vaherder | December 27, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Or the fact that the majority of Georgetown, monuments, etc have water underneath them, and putting a metro tube through that would jeapordize the land above, not to mention be extremely costly to tax payers.

Posted by: TheMot | December 27, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

@MMCarhelp

We are interested in your (or anyone's) thoughts on the radars. We are constantly evaluating which radars to link in our posts and on the site, so feedback would be appreciated. Please shot us an email (weathergang@wpni.com) and we can discuss more.

Posted by: JJones-CapitalWeatherGang | December 27, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

MMCarhelp: Yes, I noticed the radar for the previous rain event. Initially, we had virga for most of Christmas morning and then we were in a dry slot until late in the afternoon. Once the precipitation finally started, the rain kept redeveloping just to our south all night long. It finally ended the next morning. This is sometimes called backfilling. DC was on the south edge of the precipitation for majority of the rain event. It was related to the storm, not the radar.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | December 27, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

About 30 days of no precip would be great. 'Eff snow and 'Eff rain. I've got two sump pumps working (one failed this afternoon and my son and I did a quick replacement) and despite that, I've got water infiltrating my downstairs living area. I really don't want to have to pay to have the drywall and framing replaced -- again. When I retire, I'm going somewhere dry, like Tucson, where I lived 30 years ago.

Posted by: griffin1108 | December 27, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Griffin1108, I understand your frustration as that has happended to me as well. Just after my house was a year old, I had to get a sump pump installed when I found that water was seeping in from under the basement concrete slab due to hydrostatic pressure. Poor building practices....

Anyway, I use a Zoeller 1/2 hp sump pump for mine. I had it replaced four years ago. I think they tend to have a life of 7 or 8 years.

Good luck with the battle against water infiltration this winter as the precip is showing no signs of slowing down, it seems. I too am looking at a drier, warmer, and sunnier place in my future....

Posted by: david_in_stafford | December 27, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

recently it seems like , the models have been having troubles with the new years storm, Henery margusity thinks the storm is gonna explode and give the mid atl some snow, what do u guys think

Posted by: redskinsfan01 | December 27, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Oh please, not another one like this. We just were able to get TO the house today. Love snow, just not the stuff that paralyzes the area. An oxymoron?????

Posted by: weathergrrl | December 27, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Re: Thursday's storm. It has always been looking weaker than the last blizzard...until it passes to our north. The main concern will be whatever mess it creates for NYE revelers.

Re: Metro. My main concern is with Catoe's continual whimpering about "service cutbacks" whenever the budget balloons beyond expectations. That won't help a bit...unless his aim is to force ridership into a downward spiral to such a point that he decides to SHUT DOWN the whole kit and kaboodle in order to "save money for all the local jurisdictions". That's the point it will eventually come to. Right now, it will be hard on D.C. nightlife, not to mention the local economy, if we have to start waiting up to thirty minutes for the next train at several transfer points after 10 PM. As for the amount of above-ground track, hasn't Chicago had the "El" and other above-ground heavy-rail track for 100 or more years??? [I can bear witness to at least fifty!!!] Chicago has far more heavy-duty snowstorms in, say, a ten-year period than we do, yet I don't often hear of "El" shutdowns with big storms when I tune in to WGN which is often [to get Tom Skilling's excellent Upper Midwest weather reports]. Since Federal employees provide a major source of Metro ridership, it's quite possible that Catoe is yelling for more federal support...but he shouldn't be balancing the budget on the backs of those of us who wish for convenient Metro transportation to and from Washington's lively nightlife. I must admit that WGN has mentioned some CTA service cutbacks; in that case Illinois politics has always featured a legislative tangle for money between Chicago and downstate...a fact evident to folks in the White House.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | December 28, 2009 12:56 AM | Report abuse

@griffin

So sorry to hear about the water troubles. The snow weenies fail to recognize the problems all this snow is causing to homeowners and, of course, drivers.

Here's hoping for a much needed drought.

Like you, when I retire, I'm moving someplace warm and dry.

Good luck with the sump pumps.

PS...NWS starting to backpedal on the NYE storm. Hopefully that trend will continue.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | December 28, 2009 1:23 AM | Report abuse

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