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Posted at 4:45 PM ET, 01/ 1/2010

Forecast: Chilly new year with increasing winds

By Camden Walker

After today's brief warm-up, a very cold & windy weekend

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Today: Mostly to partly cloudy. Increasing p.m. breeze. 40-44. | Tonight: Breezy. 23-27. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny & very windy. Chance of flurries. Low 30s. | Sunday: Partly sunny. Low 30s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


Our new year initially starts not as cold today but with an increasing breeze. Then, the winds really pick up tonight through a chilly tomorrow. Retrieve those scarves & gloves! Even after the wind dies down Saturday night, our persistent cold will remain for many days to come. In fact, after today, we'll be lucky to get much past the mid-30s through the start of the first work week of 2010!

Leaves show an icy glaze yesterday morning in Oakton, Va. Snow in the background is leftover from the big storm earlier in December. By CWG photographer Kevin Ambrose.

Today (New Year's Day): This may be our 'warmest' day for a while, with temperatures topping out in the low 40s. You'll probably see lots of clouds in the morning, with some breaks possible by afternoon. Breezes slowly pick up out of the northwest, perhaps around or approaching 15-20 mph by sunset. Yes, a sign of more brisk weather to come. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Very cold with low wind chills. Most of the region bottoms out in the mid-20s, but with northwest winds gusting as high as around 30 mph, wind chills will be much lower, in the teens and maybe even some single digits. Some clouds will stick around tonight, but we should be precipitation-free. Just really bundle up! Confidence: Medium-High

How windy for the weekend? Keep reading for the forecast into next week...

Tomorrow (Saturday): Wind gusts to near 40 mph will be the big story for Saturday. Even with partly sunny skies, temperatures are likely to only reach the low 30s. The winds combined with freezing temperatures will make for a very brisk experience, with wind chills no higher than the teens to near 20 all day long. Could see a few flurries around as well. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Expect windy conditions to remain with some clearing skies. Lows in the upper teens to around 20 by dawn. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday: Partly sunny and still windy, though hopefully a little less so. Temperatures remain well below average, in the low 30s for highs. I'll be wearing my stocking cap! At least we'll stay dry after such a wet December. Confidence: Medium


Winds ease more significantly Sunday night but we'll be in the icebox again, with temperatures bottoming in the upper teens to low 20s. Confidence: Medium-High

Strong winds should be gone for Monday and Tuesday, but it could still be kind of breezy with partly sunny skies. Temperatures should creep up a bit. I'm thinking low-to-mid 30s for now. Confidence: Medium

By Camden Walker  | January 1, 2010; 4:45 PM ET
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Happy New Year to all CWG readers!

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 1, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Happy New Year!

Posted by: --sg | January 1, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

get ready for the upcoming windy days! eegad..

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 1, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I'm always ready for wind, Camden! :-D Too much and too cold to sail in this weekend, but I enjoy it nonetheless. I plan to get some routine maintenance done on the boat on Sunday, so at least I'll be on the water at the dock.

Posted by: --sg | January 1, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Happy New Year!!!

If DCRTV is right, today is Kim Martucci's last day on Channel 9.

This upcoming wind event is TOO EXTREME given the possible single-digit and negative wind chills we'll have to put up with. Moreover the cold air is TOO DRY and will remind everyone of last winter. Aside from a couple of flurries we may see little or no snow accumulation for the foreseeable future. It's such a shame that when the moisture comes back, we may have to deal with another raw rainy period rather than the snow event we all want.

I hope to do a list of "ins" and "outs" and a 2010 wish list sometime this weekend. Here are a few teasers:

OUT: "Blowtorches", raw rain events, dry cold spells and warm air advection.

IN: "Knickerbocker-strength" snow events.

OUT: Insignificant flurries, Wintry mix.

IN: Thundersnows.

OUT: ThinkSpring [until Feb. 28].

IN: El Bombo.

So much for now. More later.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | January 1, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Happy New Year to the CWG and all the "regulars". :-)

Now, what about this potential for snow that Bob Ryan keeps bringing up for next week.....

Posted by: ksrgatorfn1 | January 1, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

There's a pretty good signal for snow late next week (perhaps a week from today), but it's another tricky setup... aren't they all? The pattern remains favorable for snow chances, though it may relax briefly, but looks to continue on for some time still. At this point it's too soon to really say how the actual features that would develop a snowstorm come together or don't.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 1, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse


Wow, I'm out already??? LOL

Good one, Bombo.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | January 1, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm looking forward to the winter temperatures next week...and agree with Bombo's 2010 list. I wish a very happy and safe new year on you all!

Posted by: manassasmissy | January 1, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Liking the chance for a storm next Friday (ugh, another weekend storm). Let's get another 2 footer.

Posted by: NoVAredsox | January 1, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Happy New Year!!!

Now that school is about to resume, I'd like to place my order. Three more snow storms, straight up, hold the weekend.

Posted by: Snowlover2 | January 1, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Happy New Year! ... don't get used to today's somewhat warmer temperatures. Wind, cold, and even the chance of flurries this weekend.

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | January 1, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Happy New Year, all!

I saw some flurries this afternoon. Currently 26.4F with some wind on the mountain.

Posted by: spgass1 | January 1, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

10p update: 19.6F

Ate some black eyed peas with dinner (New Year's Day tradition). Also had some pork with breakfast. Ate cabbage yesterday... hopefully that counts.

Posted by: spgass1 | January 1, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

spgass1 - ahh, the traditional Southern good luck meal for the New Year! Here is to major storms in the weeks ahead!

Posted by: stinkerflat1 | January 1, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Roast pork, black-eyed peas and spinach for our New Year's good luck feast. Happy 2010 to all who post here. Looking forward to what the year has to bring.

ps, el bombo, you always crack me up! keep it coming! in fact, all who post, keep it coming!

Posted by: weathergrrl | January 1, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm back from enjoying Techs 37-14 win over the Ga. Dome, so it now has my premission 2 snow again. Wind needs 2 die down so I can fish 4 stripers at the 301 Bridge.

Posted by: VaTechBob | January 1, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

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