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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 11/24/2010

PM Update: Showers late, chance of sleet N & W

By Ian Livingston

Raw Thanksgiving with a.m. showers

* Winter weather advisory for Frederick Co., Md. 1-11 a.m. *
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* Outside now? Radar, temps, clouds & more: Weather Wall *

Despite lots of sunshine, daytime highs in the 40s to near 50 along with a brisk wind from the northwest have made it feel fairly winter-like out there today. Actual highs for the day happened around midnight most spots, and temperatures this afternoon have only inched stubbornly above overnight lows. We're looking at mostly worry-free weather the rest of today for last-minute travelers, but once we get toward midnight we run the risk for showers and even some sleet in the N&W suburbs.

Radar & lightning: Latest D.C. area radar shows movement of precipitation and lightning strikes over past two hours. Refresh page to update. Click here or on image to enlarge. Or see radar bigger on our Weather Wall.

Through Tonight: Clouds now moving in from the west will thicken as the night wears on. A band of showers should pass through starting as early as 9 or 10 p.m. lasting into the early a.m. There could be some sleet in the north and west suburbs. Lows reach the low 30s in the colder suburbs to around 40 downtown. There should be no ground freezing concerns with the precipitation except in Frederick Co. where some light icing is possible.

Tomorrow (Thanksgiving): Any sleet north and west ends and everyone sees a risk for showers through mainly the morning. Most of the day should not feature rain falling, but with clouds and moisture in the air, it's still somewhat raw for any time spent outdoors. Highs probably within a few degrees of 50, so upper 40s and lower 50s.

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Travel trouble spots: If you're like me and headed out the door to the airport, highway or railways, you might be a little anxious over what awaits. As Dan noted earlier, winds across the northeast from NYC into New England are causing some delays thanks to gusts past 40 and 50 mph earlier today. In addition to that, Janice Dean examines some other travel trouble spots across the country.

By Ian Livingston  | November 24, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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Sleet? That would be a first for the season!
Given the time of night that it might happen, let it sleet!

Posted by: bodyiq | November 24, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

bodyiq - you are excited for sleet, eh? Well, good news is that it won't be very impactful. But definitely Mother Nature sending us a warning shoot, across the bow :) It is Winter soon!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | November 24, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

All the long-range forecasts for precip on Thurs/Fri this week may actually be panning out. Even western NY state is expecting mostly rain until the precip eventually changes over to snow on Friday.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | November 24, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Current conditions at 1900 ft in the Blue Ridge Mtns east of Front Royal:

36F and very light sleet

Posted by: spgass1 | November 24, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

We had HEAVY sleet in the heart of Dupont Circle at about 3am. The radars all showed rain but it was significantly (and pinging) on my windshield.

Posted by: crzytwnman | November 25, 2010 3:30 AM | Report abuse

We've got alternating sleet and rain where I am in Harpers Ferry. Fortunately the relatives all arrived yesterday and we aren't planning on going anywhere today. Looking at the National Mosaic radar images, it seems like the storm system is forming a bow that sends more precip our way than I was expecting. Maybe when the southeast winds build in, they'll drive the system back northward. I'm hoping CWG will have an update this morning on the system's development.

Posted by: tinkerbelle | November 25, 2010 5:14 AM | Report abuse

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