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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 02/18/2010

PM Update: Snow-melting weather persists

By Ian Livingston

Sunshine and 40s through Sunday; Monday storm?

* Photos: D.C. makes snow history | A new snow "bench" mark *
* Monday snow? SLCB | Radar & more: Weather Wall | Traffic *

Today was one of those days which looks nicer from the inside than it is outside, thanks largely to strong gusty winds from the west. Temperatures continue to slowly moderate as most places rise to highs in the lower 40s. We're dealing with "stale" cold air at this point, and there is good news for those wanting more snow melt: it looks to continue unabated during the next few days albeit with refreeze at night.

Clouds: Latest mid-Atlantic infrared satellite loop, courtesy Unisys. Click here to expand. Refresh page to update. See more maps on our Weather Wall

Through tonight: Skies are partly cloudy overnight and it stays breezy. Low temperatures range from the low-to-mid 20s in the coldest locales to near 30 downtown. Gusts past 30 mph early will ease as the night progresses.

Tomorrow (Friday): Mostly sunny skies and lighter winds lead to a more pleasant day tomorrow. We'll warm things up a hair as well, with highs rising to the low-and-mid 40s. Winds from the west continue, but only around 10 mph with higher gusts.

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Snowmageddon and Snoverkill: Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism published some cool stats today on "When snow, sleet and slush make big news". Perhaps not a shock to CWG readers, the back-to-back blizzards of early February top the list of most covered winter storms since Pew began tracking in 2007. The storms were also the top story of February 8-14, besting the economic crisis, health care, Iran and the Olympics.

By Ian Livingston  | February 18, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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From CWG - "Perhaps not a shock to CWG readers, the back-to-back blizzards of early February top the list of most covered winter storms since Pew began tracking in 2007."

Understatement of the year so far! Hey CWG, did I miss the Snowmageddon and Snoverkill T-Shirt announcement somewhere?

Posted by: amaranthpa | February 18, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse


I saw someone posted a link to the "I survived Snomageddon" T-shirts last week...but I can't remember exactly where. LOL.

And are the gfs and NAM doing on getting us a better look at Monday/Tuesday?

Kim in Manassas

Posted by: ksrgatorfn1 | February 18, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

There's apparently a hoax NWS e-mail message going around calling for 20-30" of snow next week. Kind of funny..

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 18, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm trying to "enjoy" this chilly wind by thinking about how it helps reduce the snow piles. But CWG, am I right that a stiff wind on packed snow will increase sublimation? And what about the humidity level today and over the next few days? Is the air relatively dry right now, and how much does that help? Is sublimation a sad consolation prize compared to real melting? Thx!

Posted by: BlusteryDCYankee | February 18, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

In the last few hours, the 'forecast percentage' for snow (left menu) on Monday changed from 40 to 60. What caused that? New model data?

Posted by: leesweet | February 18, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse


The left menu forecast is automated from the National Weather Service. There may have been some new data ingested into the system prompting the increase. Notice though, it's indicating a rain/snow mix.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | February 18, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

What, it's not pure CWG?! Heck with that, then... :) I do see the little blue rain thingies now. No, I thought the 'Forecast by NWS' was a link *to* the NWS forecast and the one above was CWG. Live and learn.... Thanks for the clarification!

Posted by: leesweet | February 18, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse


Wind over snow should enhance sublimation...not only that, but temperatures are warm enough for both effects are at work on above freezing, windy days.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | February 18, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

The 6z GFS continues to be all of the place in regards to Sun-Mon-Tue. 12z is almost ready, can't wait.

Posted by: ntrlsol | February 18, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

A fake email circulating regarding a huge snowfall? No, Ian, that's not funny. Not funny at all. Less than anticipated snow is no joking matter. Those hoaxers are sadists!

Posted by: Snowlover2 | February 18, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

No comments since 8:35 PM? Things have been so busy around this blog during the storms; I'd become accustomed to the heavier traffic!

But I'm definitely enjoying the quiet weather and the slow melt.

Posted by: natsncats | February 18, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Today's a great day, I just received my WEATHER STATION! WooHoo! I can't wait to get this sucker hooked up (It's the VP2).

As for our forecast, I notice a cool down combined with increased cloud coverage for a decent portion of next week, which should slow the melting somewhat (Crossing my fingers).

Posted by: TheAnalyst | February 19, 2010 3:29 AM | Report abuse

mid 40s plus 11 hours of daylight - sounds good for the lowering snow pack in my front yard

but still looks like we'll make it through Feb without hitting an average high temp during entire month, hope we see a 70 in March to make up for this

and snow lovers, don't get why you don't just move to Maine or Vermont, you can look at this white shi, I mean stuff almost half the year up there

Posted by: TGT11 | February 19, 2010 5:17 AM | Report abuse

@TGT11, why do you think I plan on attending some college up in Alaska!? To be honest though, part of the reason that we love snow so much around here is because we actually have four solid seasons, and we typically only see snow during a minority of our year.

Posted by: TheAnalyst | February 19, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

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