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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 12/21/2009

PM Update: Melt, freeze, repeat...

By Ian Livingston

Chilly temperatures through the week; Christmas storm?

* How did the snowstorm happen? | Locals react to snow | SkinsCast *
* View CWG-user snowfall map | NWS snowfall reports (view map) *

One thing several feet of snow can do: help keep things pretty chilly. Temperatures topping out in the upper 30s to near 40 are allowing for some melting, but it's slow, and it looks like we stay with the freeze and melt process through much of the week. For those headed to tonight's game, it's going to feel a little more like New England than Washington in December.

Temperatures: Current area temperatures. Powered by Weather Bonk. Map by Google. Hover over and click icons for more info. Click and hold on map to pan. Refresh page to update. See map bigger on our Weather Wall.

Through Tonight: Partly cloudy and cold tonight. Low temperatures range from the upper teens in the cold spots to the low-and-mid 20s in the "warm" ones. Winds are light from the northwest.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): We continue with partly cloudy skies and cold temperatures tomorrow. Temperatures pretty similar to today, with highs reaching the upper 30s to near 40. Light northwest winds.

SchoolCast

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SkinsCast: 25 million pounds of snow -- plus all the stuff in the parking lots -- has been removed from FedEx Field as the Giants come to town tonight. Look for a game-time (8:30 p.m.) temperature near 30, with readings falling through the upper 20s by the final whistle. Winds sustained between 5 and 10 mph with a few higher gusts -- bundle up!

By Ian Livingston  | December 21, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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Comments

First? How does the refreeze affect schools tomorrow... closed? delay? Just curious. in Howard County, we have no snow days to either choice isn't a good one (but I still love snow days)!

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

fyi, SchoolCast just posted within PM Update above

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | December 21, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

whats up with the snowfall map?? i dont see totals. i posted my totals on sunday and it would not let me post it. how do reports get to the nws for madison va ??

Posted by: deveinmadisonva | December 21, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Thanks!

Posted by: KelsiN | December 21, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

anyone know any online sources for checking interstate weather conditions day of travel? we are going to asheville area on wednesday from loudoun county area via 81 South to 26 East ... and am concerned about icing in the mountains (traveling with two small children) ... thanks in advance and awesome weather updates over the weekend. (apologies for duplicate post, i mistakenly posted on an older thread)

Posted by: panamanancy | December 21, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Up the Apple to 4, almost every school is closed!

Posted by: samdman95 | December 21, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Anybody know what the road conditions are like on 123 between Woodbridge and the Tysons Corner area?

I stayed home today, but need to go in to work tomorrow.

Thanks.

Posted by: meta2 | December 21, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

MOCO just closed. Wouldn't be suprised if they shut it down for Wednesday too.

Posted by: PoorTeacher | December 21, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Here's another schoolcast: If you live anywhere but Charles County MD (2 hr delay tomorrow), you can forget school until the New Year. PWC is the latest domino to fall in the "Closed All Week" trend.

The lady on NBC4 said it best: Nobody wants to go to work/school but they sure will go to the mall and movies this week. :P In all fairness, I know a lot of the side streets aren't plowed, and many sidewalks are slick as hell, so they made a good call just throwing in the towel for the week. Just this morning both my mom and I slipped (hurt my wrist and she hurt her leg) outside on the sidewalk. I can't imagine what it would be like with tens of thousands of students and staff trying to head out into the refreeze tomorrow morning.

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | December 21, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

ChickenLady, GMorg11,
well it was actually TOO COLD for much of the day. i couldn't really start with serious "shaping" until early afternoon. i'm not finished yet. pictures tomorrow evening...

CWG,
has anything changed on the rain for friday? earlier someone said 1" of rain! really? if god's listening, i vote for no rain - doesn't have to be snow, just no rain...

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | December 21, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

The Mall was absolutely beautiful with the snow today. And one of the things I totally love about D.C. is people made snowmen on the Mall. It was so cool. There was a Snow Devil, a Showshington Monument and a Snow Minuteman complete with tri-corner hat.

Posted by: epjd | December 21, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Howard County hasn't called either, and they sent this to parents earlier today "The HCPSS is making every effort to open schools tomorrow by plowing parking lots and shoveling and salting sidewalks. Even though most streets will be plowed by this evening, it will be dangerous to have children standing in the street waiting for buses. Please help us ensure the safety of our children by shoveling a spot at your neighborhood bus stop so children can stand off the street while waiting for the bus. Thanks!"

Posted by: KelsiN | December 21, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Howard County hasn't called either, and they sent this to parents earlier today "The HCPSS is making every effort to open schools tomorrow by plowing parking lots and shoveling and salting sidewalks. Even though most streets will be plowed by this evening, it will be dangerous to have children standing in the street waiting for buses. Please help us ensure the safety of our children by shoveling a spot at your neighborhood bus stop so children can stand off the street while waiting for the bus. Thanks!"

Posted by: KelsiN | December 21, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

oops, double post!

Posted by: KelsiN | December 21, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

CWG needs a mobile friendly app.

Posted by: Snowlover2 | December 21, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Snowlover2 - I agree!
Ok, Howard and Anne Arundel counties just hopped on board. NOW they can change the SchoolCast to 4 apples!

Posted by: KelsiN | December 21, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

@walter-in-fallschurch,

Some models are prognosticating 1/2 to 1" of precipitation. How much of that is liquid rain remains to be seen. CAD and snow cover will determine the amount of mix to rain. The start and end times are also not etched in snow, uh, I mean stone. It looks like Friday instead of Thursday evening is the time frame. Remains to be seen.
Looking forward to your new masterpieces!

Posted by: pjdunn1 | December 21, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

As an aside, Wired has a neat satellite image up of snow cover post-blizzard:
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/12/east-coast-blizzard-from-space/

Posted by: nlcaldwell | December 21, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Walter, thanks for the update. Looking forward to the pics tomorrow.

Posted by: ChickenLady | December 21, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

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