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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 03/17/2010

PM Update: About as good as March gets

By Ian Livingston

Several shots at 70+ the next few days

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All the green gear today has got Mother Nature thinking it's time to green things up in general. With days like this it won't be long. Talk about near-perfect -- highs in the mid-and-upper 60s feel pretty awesome! On top of that, we're looking at several legitimate chances to hit 70 degrees or higher over the next few days. As Dan noted earlier, it would be the first time in over four months.

Temperatures: Latest D.C. area temperature map powered by iMap (base map by Google). Click and hold on map to pan. Double-click to zoom. Refresh page to update. See larger map on our Weather Wall.

Through Tonight: Pleasantly cool and quite similar to last night, but maybe a degree or two warmer as we start off higher. Under mostly clear skies, readings should settle to the mid-30s in the cold spots to the mid-40s in the warm ones.

Tomorrow (Thursday): If it was tough staying inside today, tomorrow it will be nearly impossible to do so (except for all the basketball of course). We've got a shot to hit 70 for the first time in quite a while as highs shoot for the upper 60s and lower 70s across the area.

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Snow summit: Yesterday, Fairfax County held a public forum to discuss the response to the back-to-back February snowstorms that crippled much of the area. Officials spent considerable time outlining how rare the set of events was around here. Complaints from constituents were numerous, with the main change requested being a law requiring snow to be shoveled from sidewalks within 48 hours of a storm (not that such laws mean much anyway!).

By Ian Livingston  | March 17, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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Nice weather. I like it.
It's dessert after the big blizzard buffet.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | March 17, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Large snow piles are still around in SE Washington, remnants of parking lot clearing operations.

Posted by: lilmacumd | March 17, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

I have been looking at the GFS model for the next storm. It looks to me that the cold air will get here just before the precipitation departs. Are snow flurries/showers a possibility? I ask because nobody has mentioned this anywhere and it has been on the model for many runs now!

Thanks for all that you guys do!

Posted by: rapotter | March 17, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse


Cold air won't filter in quickly enough at the low levels for any lingering precip to take the form of snow.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | March 17, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

NBC25 (Hagerstown) mentions the word snow on their website for Monday, but it wasn't in Lou's evening tv broadcast:

"A big cool-down is expected for early next week with highs only in the 40s. Some showers are possible for the day, possibly mixing with snowflakes across the higher elevations."

Posted by: spgass1 | March 17, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

True, we have some nice weather for a few days, but, don't forget this is March, with its typically active, stormy pattern. And it STILL shows no real signs of the El Nino pattern letting up, with its constant parade of southern storms intensifying off VA/NC and stalling just north/east of here for several days. That has happened repeatedly in the last several months, and looks likely to continue for awhile yet.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | March 17, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

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