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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 12/31/2009

PM Update: Rain (and snow?) showers ring in 2010

By Ian Livingston

New year starts briefly warmer, cold returns after

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Following this morning's wintry mix and related travel troubles, most of the area has seen temperatures rise into the mid 30s today. With New Year's festivities about to kick off, the weather won't be perfect but it should not destroy any plans either. A small disturbance passing by this evening will bring some additional light rain that may mix with or change to snow before ending.

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: After a little drizzle through the rest of the afternoon, light rain showers should begin arriving by 6 to 8 p.m. This will be quick-hitting and moving out near or after midnight as temperatures fall to the low-and-mid 30s. Rain may change to snow -- best odds well north and west of D.C. where a dusting is possible -- as the precipitation departs. Lows hit the upper 20s to lower 30s, so watch for patchy ice late night.

Tomorrow (New Year's Day): The first day of 2010 is looking dry with partly to mostly cloudy skies. We get a brief break from the real cold stuff as temperatures rise mainly into the lower 40s, but by evening colder air will again filter in on gusty northwest winds.

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By Ian Livingston  | December 31, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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Blue Ridge Mtns PM Update

After some drizzle this afternoon, we've dropped below freezing again. Currently 31.8F

Posted by: spgass1 | December 31, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

What do you guys from CWG , think about the possibility's of Next Weekends Storm??????, the set-up is Favorable

Posted by: redskinsfan01 | December 31, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

6:30p update 29.8F,
freezing drizzle,
a glaze of ice on the measuring surface...

Posted by: spgass1 | December 31, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

WWA just issued for points North of the district. Everyone be safe tonight. Drunk drivers plus icy roads makes it a good night to stay indoors!
Don't take the risk of getting on the road if you don't have to.

Posted by: Havoc737 | December 31, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Have a little rain, sleet, and a couple of snowflakes here in western Loundon County. This is at least the forth week in a row that we have experienced a significant weather event. So if trend is your friend, what are we looking for six days from now? GFS model says snow and although we are told never to buy into the GFS this far out, it has been pretty reliable this year.

Posted by: ntrlsol | December 31, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Just lost power for about 45 minutes. Rain is freezing on surfaces out here. it's 32 exactly

Posted by: weathergrrl | December 31, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Weathergrrl, your location?

Posted by: Havoc737 | December 31, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Watching some cars try and make it up an icy dirt road and having to back all the way down out here near Purcellville.

Posted by: glastonbury27 | December 31, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

sorry, internet outage as well. Near Warrenton, VA

Posted by: weathergrrl | December 31, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

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