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Posted at 2:40 PM ET, 12/30/2009

PM Update: Wintry weather early tomorrow a.m.

By Ian Livingston

Minor snow accumulations possible, some mix as well

* Winter Weather Advisory late tonight 'til 1 p.m Thursday *
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The cold has eased a little today with highs rising to the lower and middle 30s, but not enough to keep us out of a wintry mix threat late tonight into tomorrow that could leave some spots with a white New Year's. Winds have weakened significantly and switched to come from the south ahead of the storm that will make for some tricky travel starting early tomorrow morning.

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Through Tonight: We should stay dry through a good part of the night before a wintry mix arrives in the hours after midnight. The Winter Weather Advisory officially kicks in at 4 a.m. in the metro region (and 1 a.m. to the south and southwest). Precipitation may fall in the form of snow, sleet, and maybe even some freezing rain. Lows range from the mid-20s to around 30.

Tomorrow (New Year's Eve): A wintry mix continues through the first half of the day before moving out by early afternoon. Places north and west of D.C. stand to see the most snow. Any accumulations should be light, up to around 1-2" where it snows the most. Some spots like downtown and to the south and east may not see much accumulation at all. Temps warm past freezing by late morning allowing some of the precipitation to change to rain or drizzle. So any travel troubles should ease as the day progresses while highs reach the upper 30s to near 40.

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By Ian Livingston  | December 30, 2009; 2:40 PM ET
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What are the odds of a 7:30am flight out of Dulles being delayed?

Posted by: Berghead | December 30, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse


Likely to be at least some minor delays tomorrow morning but shouldn't be widespread major delays and cancellations.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | December 30, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, appreciate the quick response!

Posted by: Berghead | December 30, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Same thought, but for DCA at 10am? Hoping the usual "more north and west, less south and east" applies. :-)

Posted by: vaguypost | December 30, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

this weather has been something. I buy a brand new car, it started snowing the night I purchased it, it sat for 3 days untouched...and now that it's finally stretching it's legs, another wintry threat.

Thanks alot Weather Gang...


Posted by: cbmuzik | December 30, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse


Same thing at DCA: chance of minor delays. You're right though--conditions will probably be a little tamer there relative to IAD.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | December 30, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Geesh, these days I feel like one of those winter haters who always grunt "bah humbug" over the snow. After 2 feet of snow and having to constantly shovel for 3 days (1st day was getting the fallen snow out, 2nd day was the plowed snow out, and 3rd day was shoveling out all the snow everyone shoved under our car so they could leave), I am so ready to go back to Mobile (leaving next Friday). It's going to be 65 there tomorrow while we endure a Winter Weather Advisory here.

Our highs through Sunday: 42, 42, 33, 35

Their highs thru Sunday: 65, 54, 54, 54

Anyone wanna go with me? :P

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | December 30, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I've heard this will be the first of two storms. If we don't want to get stuck in NYC over the entire weekend, should we cancel our New Year's Eve plans? Aside from the maniac drivers, any sense of how slippery/dangerous the I-95 roadway may be Thursday, Friday, and Saturday?

Posted by: MMR703 | December 30, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse


Neither the first wave nor the second wave will be major events that will cripple traffic on I-95. Would just allow extra time and drive carefully.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | December 30, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

say what!snow... whats up with the flip flop of the forecast?? i thought it was all set to be a wash out. i will be going down 29 south to hillsborough nc tomorrow, starting out about noon. will it be a slick ride going that route?? i could go 64 east to 95 south to 85 into nc, but its 50 miles more on the trip.

Posted by: deveinmadisonva | December 30, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Weatherdude -

Not a chance! What happened to you? I thought you were a fellow snow weenie! =P

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Posted by: iofferkicks257 | December 30, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

"accept the paypal." I lol'ed, thank you spammer.

jahutch -- Shoveling, that's what happened to me. :P Don't get me wrong, I was ecstatic to see that much snow when it was falling, but I think that was good for me. I enjoy storms that give us 6-8" of snow at a time, that's good. 2 feet all at once was a tad too much for me. The good thing about all of this is that you guys don't have to listen to me whine about the snow all winter. When next winter rolls around, I'll be refreshed and ready for more snow, but for now I'm good. I'll cheer for you guys from the sidelines, though. :)

Staying on topic to kinda cancel out my's snowing in NE Georgia right now. Gainesville, GA is reporting light snow and 35F.

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | December 30, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | December 30, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

yeah werent the storm suppose to split, but the models have been having problem all week, so im not supprised if anything diffrent happens

Posted by: redskinsfan01 | December 30, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Are you guys sure this is going to be a mix turning to rain event? The At A Glance on the top-left of the page sure shows it cold enough to snow...


Posted by: weatherdudeVA | December 30, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

are you starting to say there might be snow after all tomorrow?

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | December 30, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

OK lets recap, in the last 9 hours we have gone from "New Year's storm mostly a nuisance" to possible 1 to 2 inches of snow. Is the next headline 2 to 4? Is anybody paying attention to this thing?

Posted by: ntrlsol | December 30, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Any chance the weather will be severe enough to keep Dick Cheney in his house where he can't make any more whacko statements?

Posted by: COWENS99 | December 30, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

I think the storm did split yesterday but the southern branch seems to be stronger and larger than first anticipated. The 9:41 PM NWS forecast discussion has now admitted that 1 to 3 inches of snowfall is a real possibility across much of the forecast area but then alluded to their previous afternoon discussion. This gives me the impression that even they are not entirely sure what is going on at this point. In any event just a little snow on dry, cold roads can be extremely hazardous (sure everybody knows that) so be extra careful.

Posted by: ntrlsol | December 30, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

this weather has been something. I buy a brand new car, it started snowing the night I purchased it, it sat for 3 days untouched...and now that it's finally stretching it's legs, another wintry threat.

Thanks alot Weather Gang...


Posted by: cbmuzik


So this is YOUR doing!!

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | December 30, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

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