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Posted at 9:35 AM ET, 01/ 2/2010

Forecast: Cold wave & weekend wind

By Jason Samenow

* Wind Advisory through late tonight *
* Outside now? Radar, temps & more: Weather Wall *

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Windy and subfreezing. Chance of flurries. 29-32. | Tonight: Blustery and very cold. 17-22. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly sunny, still cold & breezy. 29-34. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

A major, potentially long duration cold snap begins today. Temperatures may not rise above freezing all weekend long, and strong winds will make it feel even colder. Wind chills will generally be in the teens and 20s with even some single digits tonight. Winds finally relax a little next week, but the cold isn't going anywhere.

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Today (Saturday): As a major storm winds up off the coast of New England, it will drive cold air southward. Under variably cloudy skies, highs will only reach the low 30s. Winds will blow from the northwest at 15-25 mph with gusts to near or a little over 40 mph possible -- meaning wind chills in the teens and 20s. Don't be surprised if you see a few snow flurries, especially in the afternoon. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: The strong winds will keep coming as temperatures steadily drop. With partly cloudy skies, lows will reach the upper teens and low 20s, but wind chills will dip as low as the single digits and low teens by early Sunday morning. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through early next week...

Tomorrow (Sunday): More wind and more cold. Though skies will be partly to mostly sunny, highs will again struggle to reach freezing. And once again, we'll have winds from the northwest of at least 10-20 mph with higher gusts, making it feel like the teens and twenties. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: We're looking at another blustery night. Lows will again drop to the upper teens and low 20s, with wind chills in the high single digits and low teens at times. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Winds will calm down modestly Monday and Tuesday (probably to within the 10-15 mph range), and the cold will lose a little (but not even close to all) of its bite. Highs both days will be in the mid-30s with lows in the teens to low 20s. Confidence: Medium-High

By Jason Samenow  | January 2, 2010; 9:35 AM ET
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Comments

Was suppose to go camping this weekend. Ah, global warming - where are you when we need you?

Posted by: mcoghlan | January 2, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Wondering what your thoughts (CWG) are on potential snow threats come the 7th and perhaps beyond.. Both Accuweather and weather.com had snow Thursday into Friday but appear to have backed away today..`

Posted by: ZmanVA | January 2, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

It's really windy outside.

Posted by: Murre | January 2, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Ever notice how DC winters are totally screwed up - when its cold enough to snow - not a storm around - sunny skies abound...then when it gets right above freezing, in comes the storm - starts out frozen, turns to rain, then cold after the storm passes. It sucks!!!! That is why we only get a real snow every 7-8 years - we sit on the darn rain/snow line...as for the wind - love it - most places have wind/breezes year round..not here - it's windy for a day or two, then nothing...no wonder we have such crappy air quality. Watch my theory - no storms when it's cold enough for snow - then the warm up, then the storm, then it will turn cold and sunny again and the cycle will repeat. The exception comes together only rarely..our normal winters stink - an inch here, two inches there...a ridiculous 8-12 inches for an entire winter....final gripe today - why doesn't DC have a downtown weather station?? All major cities have both airport and downtown official reporting stations. They should create a new station in Meridian Hill Park (the center of the District). If they do, you'll see warmer temperatures recorded in the summer and colder temperatures recorded in the winter. The airport (esp. National) is cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter due to the proximity of the river next to the airport. Home Rule, Statehood - forget unless we get our own official weather station. DC is great when it's cold - everyone stays inside and the city becomes your own - no crowds, no lines- its great!!!

Posted by: Metropolized | January 2, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Still looks like there's a shot for snow late next week. It has a way to go to be "big" but there is reason to believe some sort of event could occur if things stay how they look now. Need another day or three to get anything in the way of confidence. One thing for sure... looks cold for a while! A reinforcing shot should come after that system.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 2, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Agree with Ian's assessment regarding next week's snow. COLD so COLD TODAY bundle up. I whipped out ALL of my warm clothing & such. wow.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 2, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one who loves it this cold? I can't be...

Posted by: --sg | January 2, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

this weather is miserable, though I might get some relief from a business trip to Atlanta this week, but they're only expecting high temps in the mid-30s, 15 degrees below normal

I'm looking at ways to increase my carbon footprint, or do whatever it takes to fight global cooling

Posted by: TGT11 | January 2, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Is it worth leaving the house?

Posted by: chunche | January 2, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

The colder it is the better, really enjoy long walks with the dog when it's cold. Days like 2day r 3-4 mile walk days without sweating. Usually I walk the dog wearing shorts & t shirts, unless the temps r below 40. A nice snow would be great with thses cold temps. I might even sleep with the bedroom windows closed 2night 4 the 1st time this winter.

Posted by: VaTechBob | January 2, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

NW dc is brutal right now, with the buildings amplifying winds into the 30mph range = lower single digits windchill! ugh.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 2, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

I love the cold temps -sg...but the bluster is a little much today.

Posted by: manassasmissy | January 2, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

I was almost blown over this afternoon by the winds while walking to the Silver Spring metro. The NOAA buildings seem to channel the winds..

Posted by: bmp246 | January 2, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

One thing I love about cold winter nights is that the moon and stars look so much brighter. Tonight, with a few clouds backlit, looks awesome!

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 2, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Current conditions: 10.4F

mcoghlan: I went on a backpacking trip on 1/16/00 on the Appalachian Trail in MD. I believe that night was quite cold, more so than forecast. Hiking and in the sleeping bag wasn't so bad, but I remember breaking down camp in the morning of the 17th was painfully cold.

Posted by: spgass1 | January 2, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

VATechBob: I'm not going to close my bedroom windows tonight. I agree about the walks, I could hardly drag myself inside this afternoon - although I wear a coat.

Brian-CWG: The stars I can see are frozen-crystal beautiful tonight, but scattered clouds are obscuring too many of them, as well as the moon.

Posted by: --sg | January 2, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Update: Single digit temps on the Blue Ridge 9.9F

Posted by: spgass1 | January 2, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Made the poor choice of shooting skeet today in Crozet. High of 26 with one wind gust that knocked my 7 year old off his feet! We didn't last too long.

Posted by: crozet | January 2, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Great last 2 days, Hokies crush UT, cold weather, & we beat a good Seton Hall BB team in ot without our leading scorer. Just give me less wind, so I can striper fish at 301 Bridge, & some snow & life will b almost perfect.

Posted by: VaTechBob | January 2, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Here in Loudoun, the wind is absolutely howling. Sounds like a freight train. Makes me think about how modern home construction is so totally flawed in regards to handling this kind of weather. Tons of glass make heat loss really bad, no matter what kind of windows you have. Bring on summer!

Posted by: glastonbury27 | January 2, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

@glastonbury27

Amen! This is absolutely brutal and downright dangerous. Hopefully, we're taking winter's full brunt in December and the first half of January and then we'll see calmer, milder weather for the remainder of it.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | January 2, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

FWIW, the computer models are bringing back the storm idea on the 7th with the latest (0z) run:

http://www.nco.ncep.noaa.gov/pmb/nwprod/analysis/namer/gfs/00/images/gfs_slp_138l.gif

Posted by: tengoalyrunr30 | January 2, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

"Sounds like a freight train"

Interesting reciprocal analogy... People interviewed about a tornado often say it sounded like a freight train. People interviewed about freight train derailments often say it sounded like a tornado.

Current temp: 9.3F

Posted by: spgass1 | January 2, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Near the Convention Center in DC, it's now 17.7 degrees and falling. 23mph wind gust brought the windchill to negative 1 degrees. IT STINGS out there, it is soo cold. ouch.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 3, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

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