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Posted at 3:20 PM ET, 04/28/2010

PM Update: Another frost chance before warm-up

By Ian Livingston

Temperatures head for the 80s Friday, higher after?

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Limited sunshine this afternoon has been no match for the chilly air mass overhead and highs are only ranging from the mid-50s to near 60. When you add in a gusty northwest wind, it's feeling a bit more like mid-March than late April. To top it off, frost is a possibility yet again to the west and north of the city. If you have any cold-susceptible plants, you may want to tend to them for (hopefully) the last time before fall.

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Through Tonight: We've got another chilly night ahead, but perhaps a degree or two warmer than last night most spots. Evening temperatures settle through the 50s on their way to overnight lows in the upper 30s for the suburbs and low-or-mid 40s downtown. Any clouds of early evening will disperse as the night wears on. Winds will still blow, but lighter than last night, so we'll have to be on the lookout for some areas of frost yet again.

Tomorrow (Thursday): Mostly sunny and pretty nice! Unlike today, cool morning temperatures quickly rise toward 60 before noon and ultimately to highs near 70 or into the lower 70s. Winds will pick up again during the day, though not as strong as recently, probably sustained around 10 mph with higher gusts.

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Snow (old & new): Snow piles? Those are long gone, right? Well, not all of them apparently. A team of UVA students has been observing "Mt Chipotle" in Charlottesville, Va. since December. What once was a gigantic mound of partially-white snow has made it through April, all while becoming a fairly gross patch of dirt-like slush. And if you're wishing today's cool air was accompanied with some late-season snow, just check out what happened in New England yesterday and today (pic)!

By Ian Livingston  | April 28, 2010; 3:20 PM ET
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Comments

Amazing! my friends still living in Charlottesville have been talking about that snow pile! Can't believe it is still around...(or yes I can, I suppose, given the way they've been talking about it!)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | April 28, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Got to see Mt Chipotle this weekend with my own eyes, it was a thing of dirty-snow beauty. Very impressive all things considered that it is still around.

Posted by: JJones-CapitalWeatherGang | April 28, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

There was also a foot of snow in the California Sierras this morning according to the Weather Channel...if the Weather Channel is still to be regarded a reliable source of weather information...since the NBC takeover they seem to be more interested in the Neilsen charts than the NOAA charts. Looks as though TWC has been looking more like a "network version" of AccuWeather recently! They have picked up a few rather attractive female OCMs recently, but AccuWeather has those, too.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | April 28, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Yep, that's correct Bombo. This has been a big year as Nino's often are out there. My former (when I lived in CA) resort of choice, Mammoth Mtn, has picked up almost 530" of snow this year.. just a bit behind their record over 600" in 05/06. When I'm bored I like to read their weather forum...

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | April 28, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

A new post from this evening indicates Mt Chipotle is no more.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | April 28, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

I would argue based on the latest winds that the best chance for frost is south and west of DC. The winds are here: http://weather.unisys.com/surface/sfc_con_wspd.html although the colder temps are NW here http://weather.unisys.com/surface/sfc_con_temp.html (or just click on Temp). Those are current winds which could change of course but I think the calmest part of the ridge is also going to be to the SW. I also think spgass up at 1800 feet will be warmer tonight than his 32.7 last night.

Posted by: eric654 | April 28, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

temp 32 dp 32 this am before I leave for the bus. There's a touch of frost here and there, the car windshield is wet but the outdoor rug has some ice crystals on it.

Posted by: eric654 | April 29, 2010 4:39 AM | Report abuse

I'm proud to say I met Mt. Chipotle when it was but a youth, way back after the December snow storm. Barely 10 feet high then, I could only imagine the strapping buck it became when the back-to-back storms hit. It's good to know it had a long and interesting life.

Posted by: ntx1 | May 4, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

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