PM Update: We're back in the icebox
Very cold and blustery through the weekend
After our touch of snow last night, today sure felt like midwinter. Pretty much everyone reached highs near freezing between midnight and sunrise. Temperatures this afternoon have been running in the mid-and-upper 20s, and that's before a biting wind sends chill factors into the teens. Through yesterday, most spots were running 3-5 degrees, or more, below average for the month. Today and the weekend will only send those numbers lower.
Through Tonight: We should be used to it by now I suppose, but tonight will be another very cold one around the area with lighter -- but still gusty -- winds. Temperatures fall to lows in the upper teens to around 20. Wind chills will be in the single digits at times, bundle up!
Tomorrow (Saturday): We start the weekend on a frozen note Saturday. Fortunately, there should be a lot of sunshine. Unfortunately, highs won't get out of the 20s in a lot of spots with the warm places perhaps nearing 30. Oh yeah, winds will still be around, and gusting past 20 mph, particularly during the afternoon.
Snow totals: Last night's snow was always billed by CWG as a minor one, but around here any snow is "valuable" snow. Despite uncertainty about liquid precipitation amounts, our accumulation forecast for the area ended up quite good overall. Many locations received totals near the middle of our "dusting to 2 inches" forecast. National Airport checked in with 1" on the nose, bringing the seasonal total to 17.6" (or 116% the typical full-season total). Check out the accumulation map and listings from NWS Sterling for more details.
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