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Posted at 4:10 PM ET, 12/ 6/2009

Forecast: Winter wonderland to melt away

By Brian Jackson

Still cool; more slop Tuesday night?

* Winter makes a weekend appearance | Storm Photo gallery *
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Today: Mostly sunny skies. 40-43.| Tonight: Partly cloudy and cool. 23-30.| Tomorrow: Partly sunny. 44-47. | A Look Ahead


What an early Christmas present for the snow-lovers out there! Alas, the snow has moved on and all that's left behind are cool temperatures going forth into this week, and plenty of sun today to melt our leftovers. Some flakes may fly again early Wednesday before a rain-filled soaker moves through the area.

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Today (Sunday): The snow has passed and all that's left now is a chill in the air. Mostly sunny skies will begin to melt away our early season snowfall and only north facing lots and areas that received the heaviest snowfall will see it last the day. Afternoon highs will struggle into the low 40s with a wind from the west and northwest blowing at 5-10 mph. Confidence: High

Tonight: Another chilly night across the area, a good one to light a log or two in the fireplace. With partly cloudy skies, lows will again dip into the mid-to-upper 20s. Northwesterly winds will be shifting around to out of the southeast late but should go calm by morning.Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading to see if any more snow is in our future this week...

Perfect sledding conditions in Oakton, Va. yesterday. By CWG photographer Kevin Ambrose.

Tomorrow (Monday): A slightly warmer day but not by much. Partly sunny skies should prevail but our temperatures can only go so far after a chilly start. Expect highs only in the mid-40s and some additional clouds swinging in later in the afternoon/evening. Winds will be from the south and light, around 5 mph. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: Partly to mostly cloudy skies should move through, clearing again by morning. Overnight lows will be slightly warmer, within a few degrees of freezing area wide. Winds will be generally from the west and southwest at 5-10 mph. Confidence: Medium


Tuesday won't be quite as sunny as our previous days as a very weak cold front, if you want to call it that, moves by. Likely this will only bring an increase in cloudiness, but some of you in the mountains could see some snow showers in the flow behind it. Temperatures will remain in the mid-40s for highs. Confidence: Medium-High

Our next big player begins to approach from the southwest Tuesday night, bringing more clouds and a chance of some snow, ice or rain late at night. Lows in the lower 30s. Confidence: Medium

Wednesday sees another fairly strong low move through the Great Lakes and transfer energy to a developing wave off the coast, bringing a good bit of moisture with it. As of now, what may begin as snow or mixed precipitation early in the morning will likely turn to a mix and then rain as we're overtaken by a warm front. Highs range from the upper 30s to low 40s depending on just how "warm" this front is. Confidence: Low-Medium

Wednesday night, rains begin to taper and we'll become a bit breezy. Overnight lows will be in the mid 30s. Confidence: Medium

By Brian Jackson  | December 6, 2009; 4:10 PM ET
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This morning dawned with a bone chilling 9.7 degrees F. at 7 am along with 6 inches of snow. Fresh snowcover and excellent radiational cooling will do it every time.

Latest NAM trends colder Tue. night, while the GFS trends warmer.

Posted by: AugustaJim | December 6, 2009 8:25 AM | Report abuse

August Jim, which model was more accurate with yesterday's storm?

Posted by: snowlover | December 6, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

There's nothing better than a cold, crisp, sunny morning after a snowfall.

Posted by: Ann-CapitalWeatherGang | December 6, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

NWS saying problems Tues nite and again on weekend???? Much too early to be battered like this. Not to mention, the retailers really need a better shopping season this year. Wintry weather, particulary on the weekend, hurts that and hurts the economy overall.

With all the rain we've had the past few months, what we really need is 10 days straight of no precip.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | December 6, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

snowlover, the GFS showed potential for this early on and actually last Monday it was pretty close to what ended up happening... then it waffled a bit here and there with regards to how close the coastal would come to the coast. The NAM is usually a bit tough to buy outside 48 hours or so but did pretty well with this event. I would usually side with the GFS in the medium range, but it's often good to take a blend.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | December 6, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

ThinkSpring, next weekend has looked potentially interesting as well as you mention. One or two runs (last night's GFS for example) have shown another coastal system developing. Right now it looks like we may be too deep into the cold and anything would just shoot off to our south and out to sea, but we often see those types of situations become more amplified (allowing a storm to climb the coast) as the event approaches. Something to keep in the back of our minds for now... till after we get past the midweek possibility.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | December 6, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Yay snow! 3 in or so in Burke, Va.

Please sir, may I have some more?

Posted by: ennepe68 | December 6, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

In Alexandria we are still waiting for this season's first accumulation...

Posted by: bdeco | December 6, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

About one inch here in the Columbia Heights West/Baileys Crossroads area. Could have been 4 to 6 inches had the ground not been so warm.

Wednesday's rain & 62F is turning into a wintry-mix/freezing-rain mess Tuesday night with mid-forties dropping to subfreezing. Normally this should be one of AugustaJim's boring-forties plain ol' rains. We're supposed to have the Fabulettes Tuesday night @ the Clarendon Ballroom. What goes here??? Another MNR plot to mess with one of my swing dances, I presume. Had this been last year, the CB event would have been "bumped" for someone's "private-event" Christmas party. This year, only the Dec. 15th event is bumped thus far...

Posted by: Bombo47jea | December 6, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I agree with ThinkSpring. We've had so much precipitation over the last month that the ground is totally saturated, and my basement sump pump has been working overtime.

We need an extended dry period for some evaporation to take place. With the low sun angle this time of year, that is tough to accomplish.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | December 6, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

1.8" in NW Spotsy, can't get site to take my storm total, or look at others reports.

Posted by: VaTechBob | December 6, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

It would appear likely that any "flakes" on Tue/Wed would be of the crispy variety.

Posted by: CapitalClimate | December 6, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Loved the early snow yesterday -- looks like this season might be as snowy as they predict.

About an inch in North Arlington however in South Arlington, barely any accumulation. Temps were probably a degree or so colder here.

Posted by: NoVAredsox | December 6, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Never got above freezing at my house (NW Montgomery Co.) Who would have predicted that?

Posted by: MKadyman | December 6, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

The sun did help melt away a lot of our snow, but we never got above 36 degrees. Wondering about school delay tomorrow, since all that's melted is sure to refreeze tonite!

Posted by: weathergrrl | December 6, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

In the Blue Ridge Mtns of Virginia, we got above freezing in the 30s today at my location. Not a lot of melting though; I enjoyed a few toboggan runs. Currently 20.5

Sometimes I like rain, Bombo, but please note I am not a member of the Much Needed Freezing Rain club.

Posted by: spgass1 | December 6, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

ABC 7 says a 2 hr delay for Culpeper Schools.

I posted a couple more pics from yesterday's event.

Posted by: spgass1 | December 6, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Medium and long range still looks potentially fun after this midweek event. Plenty of chilly air .. weekend threat sitting south (not a bad place in this range) and perhaps more things to track after.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | December 7, 2009 12:04 AM | Report abuse

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