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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 01/12/2010

PM Update: Still chilly, but headed warmer

By Ian Livingston

Milder and benign weather continues through the week

* A virtual tour of the cold | Canaan Valley's incredible snow cover *
* Outside now? Temps, winds & more: Weather Wall *

Morning clouds have given way to increased sunshine during the day in most spots, but temperatures have not responded too much to the sun. Highs mostly in the mid-30s are still a good 5-7 degrees below normal, but we're headed in the right direction for those ready for a break from mid-winter cold. Tonight and tomorrow will bring worry-free weather to the area, and that continues through the work week as temperatures moderate.

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Through Tonight: Remaining clouds will thin and dwindle during the evening leaving us mostly clear by late night. Lows range from near 20 into the mid-20s. Wind are light from the northwest.

Tomorrow (Wednesday): We start to climb out of the cold tomorrow under mostly sunny skies. Though temperature could still fail to reach the averages for this time of year, highs in the upper 30s and lower 40s will feel relatively warm compared to recently. A modest wind from the northwest, shifting to west, continues.

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December's historic storm: The December 19 snowstorm will likely be talked about for quite some time. Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its preliminary ranking of the event. Classified as a NESIS Category 3, it was only one of five major storms ranked category 3 or higher during the last decade. While the storm was historic in this region, lighter snowfall amounts in NYC and Boston helped keep the official rating down a bit.

By Ian Livingston  | January 12, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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Feeling a little ripped off by the temps this afternoon. I was expecting a balmy "high 30's". I'm not sure it's going to get above freezing.

Posted by: jimfergusonj | January 12, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Actually, highs today were above freezing at National, Dulles and BWI (35, 34 and 35, respectively). The clouds earlier in the day and a sometimes gusty wind from the northwest killed the chance at upper 30s. Forecasts here yesterday and today varied from mid-30s to mid-to-upper 30s.

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | January 12, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

If we WERE going to have a sloppy messy storm, this is a good time frame for it. At least people wouldn't have schlep to work on Monday in it!

Posted by: weathergrrl | January 12, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

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