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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 01/ 4/2010

PM Update: A few flurries and still cold

By Ian Livingston

Temperatures inch up slightly on Tuesday

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Well, it's still cold, but fortunately it's also a little less windy! Some conversational snow flurries or snow showers are now making their way into the area from the north, but they won't amount to much. Highs have mostly risen into the low 30s, with some spots like National Airport topping freezing this afternoon for the first time since late Friday.

Radar: Latest regional radar shows movement of precipitation over past three hours. Powered by HAMweather. Refresh page to update. Click here or on image to enlarge. Or see radar bigger on our Weather Wall.

Through Tonight: Skies are mostly cloudy through the overnight with some passing flurries or a snow shower possible, mainly early. Temperatures stay cold, though slightly modified compared to recently due to the clouds. Lows range from around 20 to 25. Winds slacken a bit more, but continue around 10 mph.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): Look for variably cloudy conditions, probably no better than partly sunny, on Tuesday. Temperatures moderate slightly to highs mainly in the middle 30s. Winds continue around 10 mph with some stronger gusts particularly during the afternoon.

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Widespread cold: The recent cold wave is not only hitting the Washington region, but much of the country. Records have been set all the way into Florida the past few days where officials in the citrus industry expect to escape this spell without serious damage to the crop. Yet another -- potentially stronger -- shot of cold air is expected late this week into the weekend.

By Ian Livingston  | January 4, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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Does it look like this cold air will be substantial enough for the C&O Canal to freeze over? It would be great to get some pond hockey in this winter. Seems like most years the truly frigid air only sticks around long enough to tease.

Posted by: false_cause | January 4, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

A summary discussion of the December storm is available at Note, while it addresses names for the storm, "Snowpocalypse" isn't one of them (but the report is still in "draft," so perhaps there is time to submit comments if you like to quibble...)

Posted by: manatt | January 4, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the link, manatt. Good read.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 4, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Really didn't have any expectations for the possibility for snow Friday, as we were so far off when I first saw the glimmer of it- or so I thought. I find myself bummed that the snow chances seem to be lessening as we get closer.

Posted by: Snowlover2 | January 4, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

I was trying not to get my hopes up, but I must've failed cause I feel the no-snow disappointment filling in.

Posted by: manassasmissy | January 4, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Manassasmissy, maybe we'll be pleasantly surprised- it is still early yet :) Although that kind of wishful snow thinking is what gets me in trouble!

Posted by: Snowlover2 | January 4, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

The upper level energy scheduled to pass by looks pretty strong... it's not that common of an occurance, so it should be somewhat hard for it to go through totally dry. I would not be surprised to see models show a bit more in the way of precip moving forward. We need it to go south for a 'real' snow in all likelihood, but if you keep your expectations where they should be for the area it can be more snow in a snowy (so far) winter.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 4, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

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