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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 12/ 3/2009

Sizing up the Saturday snow

By Matt Rogers

Saturday afternoon and night look to be the prime period

* Temperature heading downward: Full Forecast *

Next Chance of Accumulating Snow: Saturday-Saturday night
Probability of Accumulating Snow: 40%
Most Likely Potential Impact:

Low pressure moving along and off the Eastern Seaboard on Saturday is expected to throw precipitation into our area. Though the details are still murky, this is our current thinking:

Precipitation may start as a rain/snow mix late Saturday morning and persist lightly through the afternoon. Precipitation could change to all snow Saturday evening before ending toward midnight. Any accumulation would most likely occur on grassy surfaces although if a period of moderate snow develops, especially after dark, some slick spots could develop on roadways.

Here is our current assessment of accumulation chances:

No snow: 40%
Dusting to coating (mainly on grass): 25%
1-3": 25%
3"+: 10%

Most likely scenario: Dusting to coating or so, mainly on grassy areas.

As we get closer to the event, our confidence will improve, so keep an eye on our site for updates!

The Snow Lover's Crystal Ball appears when the potential exists for accumulating snow beyond 24 to 36 hours.

By Matt Rogers  | December 3, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Snow Lover's Crystal Ball  
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So when is the wind supposed to kick up? It's like a quiet spring morning out here ... 1.5 inches of rain from yesterday's soaker ......

looking forward to SNOW!

Posted by: weathergrrl | December 3, 2009 8:24 AM | Report abuse

I think it'll be a nice cosmetic snow, just enough to get us in the Christmas mood. Temps have not been cold enough for snow to stick on roads.

Posted by: mchristinaw | December 3, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Interesting how Accuweather is calling for "up to a few inches" in DC and NY on Saturday night. As usual, they're bullish. Me, not so much this time around -- just a little too warm.

--Jamie Y (aka Weather Checker)

Posted by: JamieYPotomac | December 3, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: waterfrontproperty | December 3, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Accuweather always has been and continues to be a complete joke. Really, they're the WWE of weather forecasting.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | December 3, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

I'll take, as mchristinaw so nicely phrased it, a "nice cosmetic snow". I don't really expect much from December as far as the snow is concerned - usually after the holidays is when I get more expectant of the white stuff.

Posted by: MKoehl | December 3, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Think Spring: I just saw a picture from my parent's house in Northern Virginia (I'm in Vermont now) with at least an inch of snow on the ground. Still think Accuweather's a joke?

Posted by: KBurchfiel | December 5, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

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