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

PM Update: Gusty winds to diminish

By Ian Livingston

Partly sunny and tranquil Friday; Saturday wintry weather?

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Following last night's rain, we were treated to a mild and pleasant morning before strong winds swept back into the area around noon. Highs were able to spike into the low-and-mid 60s before cooling west and northwest winds arrived, and most spots have since fallen back into the 50s. Gusts up to 25-30 mph will continue a few more hours before quickly subsiding overnight.

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Through Tonight: Any clouds around should disappear, leaving us mostly clear overnight. As winds die off, temperatures will fall nicely to lows in the lower 30s in the cold spots to the upper 30s downtown.

Tomorrow (Friday): Looks like a mostly sunny start with clouds possibly on the increase by late afternoon. Temperatures cool off a bit compared to today as high rise to the upper 40s and lower 50s. Winds from the west around 5 mph or so will be considerably lighter than this afternoon.

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By Ian Livingston  | December 3, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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That 18z GFS run ain't looking very pleasing for us snowbirds.

Posted by: Registration1982 | December 3, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Model runs come and go. The 18z will soon be updated by the 00z.

As I told my weather group 72 hrs ago on Monday evening, before NWS,TWC or ACCU. There is a good chance of our first snowfall of the season on Sat.

Remember, pavement is still warm, temps. will be very marginal on Sat., don't cancel travel plans.

1-3 inches possible, especially higher elevations west of D.C.

Track will be critical between accumulating snow on grassy and elevated surfaces and only flurries.

18z runs backed off, 00z may return.

Posted by: AugustaJim | December 3, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Obviously... I work from home so I don't care about it sticking to the roads. I just like to sit on my couch and watch it fall...

Posted by: Registration1982 | December 3, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

As I said yesterday in one of the threads -- bring it on! I want to test out my new Subaru :-)

Posted by: natsncats | December 3, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Looking forward to see what this coastal storm brings. Also looking forward to all the posts the wintry weather brings ...

Posted by: weathergrrl | December 3, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

also, we never got the advertised winds out here ... from Manassas to Warrenton. What happened?

Posted by: weathergrrl | December 3, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

@ Weathergrrl:
We sure got em at Dulles today. Apparently so did Teterboro and surrounding airports, as traffic arriving there was subject to 1-2 hour delays because of wind.

Posted by: Havoc737 | December 3, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

It was pretty calm right after sunrise through around noon, but looks like most local stations gusted to near or above 30 off and on for 5-6 hours between noon and 6 or so. Things have quieted down pretty quickly. Sort of a quick hitting wind event.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | December 3, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

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