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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 12/28/2009

PM Update: Cold winds keep on blowing

By Ian Livingston

Cold through midweek; New Year's storm?

* Wind Advisory late tonight and tomorrow *
* Christmas Eve at Mount Vernon | Evolution of a monster snowstorm *
* Outside now? Temps, winds & more: Weather Wall *

After a few relatively mild days, we are back to wintertime reality today as highs struggled to reach 40. Add in a gusty west and northwest wind sending wind chills into the 20s and it's a little less than pleasant. On the bright side, sun has been plentiful and that, along with the gusty winds, will continue tomorrow as we get closer to what could be a somewhat wintry end to 2009.

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Through Tonight: Winds continue, and probably even increase a bit overnight with some gusts to near or a little over 40 mph. Unless you're a big fan of cold you might want to stay in this evening as temperatures fall toward lows in the low 20s and wind chills head for the teens. Some clouds may pass through during the evening before skies go back to mostly clear overnight.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): We stay mostly clear and cold on Tuesday with winds gusting to near 40 mph at times. Highs probably have a tough time topping freezing many spots, perhaps up to the mid-30s in the warmest locations, with wind chills stuck in the 20s. Winds should begin to weaken late.

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By Ian Livingston  | December 28, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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Things sure are quiet considering we've got snow in the forecast. It would figure that just before my vacation it snowed, and now on the day I have to go back to work, surprise, more snow. Just wonderful.

Are models any more consistent and do we know possible precip types or is it still too far out?

Posted by: Havoc737 | December 28, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

So this nye storm may or may not hit us... but more importantly, what is the forecast for boston around 1pm on new years day? there's that big outdoor hockey game at fenway...

Posted by: dotjeffdot | December 28, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

CWG -- my wife and I are thinking of a hike tomorrow afternoon (first in years without small children!). When you say the winds will weaken late, how late is late? We are thinking of setting off around 3pm.

Posted by: bristol_in_dc | December 28, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse


It will still be on the windy side at 3 p.m. -- with winds sustained at 15-20 mph, and gusts of 30 mph. Recommend dressing very warmly.


The details for Thursday are still pretty cloudy. Right now, looks like light snow (with not much in the way of accumulation) changing to a mix of rain, sleet and snow. By early Friday, we may see precip change back to snow as the storm winds up to our north. But it's not clear how much. We'll have more tomorrow, and perhaps a Snow Lover's Crystal Ball.


It may be a cold wind-swept rain at Fenway Friday. Yuck.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | December 28, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: redskinsfan01 | December 28, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Just on a whim I checked Walter-in-Falls-Church's Flickr stream. Here, I'm beating him to the announcement -- his new work of art is posted: Santa Sleeping. IMHO, it's even cooler than the elves!

Posted by: ChickenLady | December 28, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Agreed, Chickenlady! Santa Sleeping is VERY cool!!!! (in more ways than one! Sorry- couldn't resist).

Another masterpiece, Walter-in-Falls-Church!

Posted by: Snowlover2 | December 28, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

This is an answer to Akabang from the previous forecast post:

@weatherdudeVA -- are you in Mobile now? That's where we'll be until we come back on Saturday, the 2nd! That's why I wanted to know about this next storm and whether it'll still around for our trip back to DC. So don't want to get stuck in ATL.

Posted by: Akabang | December 28, 2009 4:13 PM

Nope, I'm home in Virginia right now. I won't be back in Mobile until Saturday the 9...and I'll be there straight through May at some point.

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | December 28, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

chickenlady, you beat me to it... indeed, sleeping santa - it's been a busy week for him.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | December 28, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

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