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Posted at 3:55 PM ET, 02/19/2010

PM Update: Cool, calm weekend before next storm

By Capital Weather Gang

Winds are slow to wane; Monday storm trends rainy

* Latest on Monday storm: SLCB | Who coined 'Snowmageddon'? *
* Photos: D.C. makes snow history | Weather Wall | Traffic *

Bright sun and highs in the low-to-mid 40s are working away at our snow cover, while gusty breezes are doing a good job of quickly drying up melted snow before the potential for re-freeze tonight. A cool but pleasantly calm weekend awaits before the season's next storm comes calling on Monday. To the glee of some and dismay of others, this one may be more wet than wintry.

Through Tonight: Skies stay mostly clear through the night. The tricky forecast question is whether winds will keep temperatures from dropping below freezing like they have the past two nights. Looks like they'll slacken just enough -- though still blow around 10 mph -- for lows to dip to near 30 downtown and mid-20s in the suburbs.

Tomorrow (Saturday): Highs reach the 40s again under partly sunny skies. What part of the 40s depends on just how much cloud cover we see, and the answer to that is not clear-cut. With more clouds than sun, we'll probably stall in the low-to-mid 40s. But with more sun than clouds, mid-to-upper 40s are within reach. Breezes should be less gusty than today, still sustained around 10-15 mph.

See Camden Walker's forecast through early next week. And if you haven't already, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

CWG/WaPo storm coverage: The Columbia Journalism Review takes a look at our coverage of the historic snowstorms.

By Capital Weather Gang  | February 19, 2010; 3:55 PM ET
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Interesting article in the Colombia Journalism Review.

Posted by: celestun100 | February 19, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Agreed -- good publicity!

Jamie Y (Potomac) aka Weather Checker

Posted by: JamieYPotomac | February 19, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

something i didn't know: appartently, CWG is/was the world's(?) first local weather blog.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 19, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

It's nice to see all the hard work pay off. I have been following the gang since long before they were the "CWG" and the quality of the content has always been top notch. Where else can you ask a question, comment on an issue, or even call out a forecast and get an answer from the people who are behind the site? Blogs encourage a community atmosphere and the aforementioned qualities are what make this blog an ever growing and well informed community.
With all the publicity the gang has garnered in the last two months we may need a bigger blog (to paraphrase someone else on this site).
Many thanks to the gang and all the bloggers for a really great time.

Posted by: pjdunn1 | February 19, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

While it was a positive article overall I don't like the part where they point out Jamie Yesnowitz said CWG "was a hair late in sounding the alarm about Snoverkill." You had the forecast right on the money and plenty of time in advance. I have no complaints about your prediction for that storm.

Posted by: rwalker66 | February 19, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Anyone seen today's extended range discussion from HPC? If it's right for next Wed/Thu, we may indeed beat February 1899.

Posted by: pmichaels1 | February 19, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Seems like we're hearing the "there might be a storm coming up the coast" drumbeat for Wednesday and Thursday again, followed by the "we'll worry about that later." Seeing as though that was the company line for the December storm, am I wrong to be at least a bit concerned?

Posted by: ValleyCaps | February 19, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

ValleyCaps - that storm will come more into focus by Sunday here at CWG. As of right now, that storm later next week is too early to talk about without substantial uncertainty.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 19, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse


models converging this early means that at the very least this (potential) system bears watching. And I'll certainly be tuning into CWG in the days ahead!!

Posted by: BH99 | February 19, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

@Camden, thank you for your honesty. @ValleyCaps, I share your concern (Btw, are you the same VC from the original CWG pre-WaPo site?).

Posted by: TheAnalyst | February 19, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

cwg downplaying six days out is the first signal for snow

Posted by: tleckey15 | February 19, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

With the complexity of the atmosphere right now, and the models having a really hard time locking onto a coherent solution for the storm day 3 period, it is no wonder we are guessing about what will happen in the 5 to 6 day period. What eventually comes of the near period storm will eventually reflect on the storm further down stream. Any predictions before Sunday evening and probably Monday to Tuesday is pure fantasy. This is a very complex period and the low confidence in the forecasts reflects this. To say nothing of the chances for another storm even further downstream, well into meteorological spring. The next 2 weeks look to be exciting and very much day to day.
Having said that, I am really wishcasting for some more snow. Not necessarily feet of snow but a good 4 to 8" system will make me happy.

Posted by: pjdunn1 | February 19, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse


Good points. The next ten day looks very interesting considering the extreme cold 850MB air projected to move across Canada. My gut tells me more snow to come. I would much rather deal with another 4 to 8 inches of snow than an inch of rain (considering my basement) but hey, I am wish forecasting as well (LOL)

Posted by: ntrlsol | February 19, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

For the Monday event, the 00z NAM looks just a bit colder than previous runs to me.

Will be interesting to watch this develop...

Posted by: spgass1 | February 19, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Aren't all of us snow lovers "Wishcasting"? Lol.

Take a look at the NASA SAT image of the PAC from around 0600 HRS EST (19FEB09). This is from the direct feed program on my Android device:

The lights in the lower center of the image are from the Hawaiian Island chain, while the ones to the right of the image represent the West Coast of the United States, Canada, and Mexico (Alaska exists within shrouded mystery to the north lol).

Posted by: TheAnalyst | February 19, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

^The three successive storm systems currently pushing towards the U.S. are something to think about for our near future. The last one in particular looks quite strong at this point.

Posted by: TheAnalyst | February 20, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

tleckey15 - i just laughed out loud at your comment! :) I assume you were joking about us being a contrarian indicator? ;)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 20, 2010 3:10 AM | Report abuse

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