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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 12/10/2009

Forecast: Sunny, blustery & cold weather arrives

By Josh Larson

Modest weekend snow potential; it may be rain

* Fall 2009: A season of soakers | Outside now?: Weather Wall *
* Snow Lover's Crystal Ball *


Today: Sunny, windy & cold. 38-42. | Tonight: Blustery & cold. 18-24. | Tomorrow: Sunny and quite brisk. 36-40 | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


Though most spots made it into the 50s yesterday, I have a feeling it's going to be a while before we see temperatures that mild again. A strong cold front pushed through the region last night, setting the stage for a zone of expansive high pressure building across the region over the coming days. We can expect much colder conditions, plenty of sunshine, and downright windy conditions through Saturday. Brrr. Eyes then turn to the potential for snow or a wintry mix again early Sunday.

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Today: Very windy conditions will be the main weather story today. Despite plenty of sunshine, highs will struggle to reach 40, and westerly winds gusting to nearly 40mph, will make it feel downright frigid at times. Don't say you weren't warned. Confidence: High

Tonight: Clear skies will allow temperatures to drop quickly this evening, eventually reaching the upper teens across the coldest spots to the low-to-mid 20s downtown. Unfortunately, winds won't be in a hurry to slacken (remaining in the 15-25 mph range), so wind chill values cold drop to as low as 10 degrees. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the continued very winter-like forecast into the weekend...

Tomorrow (Friday): You know the drill, right? Blustery and cold. While the winds won't be quite as strong as they are today, they'll still persist in the 10-20 mph range which will make afternoon highs in the upper 30s feel a good ten degrees colder than that. Full winter garb is recommended. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: We hang onto clear skies Friday night, though winds should drop down to the close-to-negligible 5-10 mph range. Still, even without much in the way of wind, overnight lows from 20-25 will be plenty cold. Confidence: Medium-High


On Saturday I anticipate a lot of sun during at least the first half of the day, with afternoon highs in the low 40s. It is possible that clouds may begin to stream in from the south ahead of a possible developing area of low pressure by late in the day. Saturday night is a tricky call based on how events unfold, but I'll call for a 1 in 3 chance of light snow developing during the overnight hours, with lows in the upper 20s. Confidence: Medium

The forecast for Sunday is a pretty tricky one at this juncture. Please see the Snow Lover's Crystal Ball for more details. For now I'll call for mostly cloudy skies and a 50/50 chance of rain, snow, or a wintry mix, with highs probably 35-40. Nighttime lows, under mostly skies and a slight chance for precipitation, will probably drop to the low 30s. Confidence: Low

The outlook for back-to-work Monday is for partly sunny skies and temperatures remaining on the cool side: probably mid-40s for highs, with only a low chance for precipitation. Confidence: Medium

By Josh Larson  | December 10, 2009; 5:00 AM ET
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Weather for Goldvein on Sunday late morning early afternoon? Are we talking a constant rain, sleet,snow mix or what?

I am guessing that we really won't know until Saturday about 10pm if then.

Isn't modern technology great and almost totally worthless compared to the good ole days for the weather. No I am not tlaking hurricanes etc just normal everyday weather.

Posted by: omarthetentmaker | December 10, 2009 6:30 AM | Report abuse

Ch. 9 saying that Sunday is most likely a rain event. Maybe a brief period of snow at onset.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | December 10, 2009 7:27 AM | Report abuse

I am in the infantcy stages of learning how to read the weather models, and actually just started tinkering with the GFS. If I am reading the 06z run correctly, it looks like the storm moves in around 10:00am or so, with MD and areas north seeing snow/mix at onset for a few hours and then the whole thing turns to rain by 4:00 pm or so. Like I said, I am knew to the model reading thing, so I might be totally wrong. Lets hope so!

Posted by: snowlover | December 10, 2009 7:43 AM | Report abuse

GFS for the 21st and 22nd looks nice, for what it is worth......

Posted by: snowlover | December 10, 2009 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Folks - What is the midweek storm potential looking like for next week? I have a company party that I am really trying to get out of attending...I don't speak meteorology so go easy on me!

Posted by: authorofpoetry | December 10, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Am I reading the models wrong, or did the 12Z go back to an all snow event for us this weekend with snowfall accumulatings in the 2-4" range?

Posted by: snowlover | December 10, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

The 12z GFS run is a little kinder to snow-lovers, it appears, than last night's 0z run, but the NAM still suggests all rain.

...midweek storm potential still on the table but let's get through this weekend's system first ;)

Posted by: Josh-CapitalWeatherGang | December 10, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Bummer!!! We get the best Arctic air in a while & all we can manage is a bunch of MUCH-UNNEEDED slop!!!

Posted by: Bombo47jea | December 10, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

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