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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 01/ 8/2010

PM Update: We're back in the icebox

By Ian Livingston

Very cold and blustery through the weekend

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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.

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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.

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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.

By Ian Livingston  | January 8, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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As far as clippers go, this one was very satisfying. I'm looking forward to the continuation of winter and the clear, cold air.

Posted by: manassasmissy | January 8, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Is there any January Thaw on the horizon?

Posted by: Tom8 | January 8, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

What's the record seasonal total (and maybe a comparison of that to this point in the season)?

Posted by: Hemisphire | January 8, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Just to keep us honest, the last forecast update at 11pm was for a dusting to an inch. Also, the higher amounts of snow were forecast to be north and west of town. Ultimately, the highest totals were found well south and east of DC, in the 2-3" range. Meanwhile, many areas well north and west had an inch or less. For DC, the forecast was good. For the greater DC area, the forecast was not so good, kind of reversed. The same applied to the forecast by the NWS.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | January 8, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Well, some of the hedging late night may not have been necessary in retrospect, but I guess I considered the final map to be the forecast. On that level it was pretty good with perhaps the main issue being to the north and west and then with slight misplacement of the enhancement east. Many bailed too quick last night... but I think a majority of the numbers I have seen in the immediate area fell into the dusting (or honestly a bit more) to around 2", with a few lollipops higher.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 8, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Hemisphere, CWG contributor Matt Ross put together this list of top 10 (for both DC measuring locations, it switched in the 1940s to DCA). Range is 54.4 (#1) to 37.7 (#10). Also, here is a full list of all winters.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 8, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

I think I would have been hedging during the 11pm update given the sparse snowfall and ragged radar at that time. After 11pm, the snow picked up a bit, but I really didn't expect it to redevelop during the early morning hours. Also, the snow squall that hit near Fredericksburg mid-morning was quite unusual.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | January 8, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Hey everyone, hope you enjoyed your snow last night/this morning.

I didn't measure the snow, but we had a dusting at my aunt's house in Dumfries. We left the house around 7 AM and once we got to Warrenton, all hell broke loose until we got passed Culpeper. If you include the insanely dense fog in western PWC, we had almost 0 visibility until we got out of Culpeper County. It flurried on and off until we got in Tennessee along I-81, and it started to snow again near Gatlinsburg. It flurried the rest of the way to Alabama, where it's freaking cold with a nice inch of snow on the ground. Here in Fort Payne, there is enough to cover the grass and some of the sidewalks...and it's not going anywhere soon, it's going to be 11 tonight. I'll be in Mobile tomorrow, where it'll be a balmy 40, can't wait for that heat wave!

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | January 8, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

is there a storm threat a week from now??

Posted by: realclear | January 8, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

At this point it looks like any prec. the end of next week will liquid. Things r always subject to change.

Posted by: VaTechBob | January 8, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse


Next weekend, there may be another storm. That's what some of our computer models are indicating. But it's way too early to know the details (exact timing, how strong, how cold, and what kind of precip).

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 9, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

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