Forecast: More 30s. Touch of Tues. snow?
FORECAST IN DETAIL
Swing and a miss. The storm that once threatened to aim for the D.C. area passes harmlessly out to sea today. The result is a fairly nice, albeit cold, shopping day for those (like me) who haven't quite finished up yet. The cold temperatures, though, aren't going away anytime soon, which paves the way for the possibility of some light snow on Tuesday. Could there be a snowy surprise for Christmas as well?
Snow Potential Index: 4 (↓) - A light coating may be the most a Tuesday clipper can muster. Too early to tell if Christmas might bring a snowy present.
Today (Sunday): We'll be looking better and better as the day goes on. Morning clouds and a chance for flurries give way to some afternoon clearing. Temperatures top out just north of freezing with highs in the mid-30s. But with little wind and some sun eventually shining through, it doesn't feel all that bad. Confidence: Medium-High
Tonight: Mostly clear skies and a surge of colder air from the north make for a chilly night. Overnight lows range from the upper teens (suburbs) to low 20s (downtown) with a bit of a breeze from the north. Confidence: High
Keep reading for the forecast leading up to Christmas...
Tomorrow (Monday): Be sure to bundle up heading to work as we feel a renewed chill. Temperatures struggle to reach much above freezing despite plenty of sun. We'll have a persistent breeze as well -- winds from the north-northwest, around 15 mph at times, keep wind chills in the 20s. Confidence: High
Tomorrow Night: Expect partly to mostly clear skies and fairly tranquil conditions. Temperatures continue on the chilly side with lows from near 20 to the low 20s, and just a lingering hint of the earlier daytime breeziness. Confidence: Medium-High
Tuesday we return to more of a "winter blues" kind of day with a fair amount of cloudiness overhead and highs in the low-to-mid 30s. During the afternoon into Tuesday night, we may feel the effects of a clipper system in the form of some snow showers or light snow. Right now, accumulation potential doesn't look all that impressive, with the system likely weakening as it comes across the mountains. Still, it's too early to rule out a light coating (a dusting to an inch or so). Overnight lows dip to the 20s. Confidence: Medium
On Wednesday, skies should become partly to mostly sunny. With no reinforcing shot of cold in the clipper's wake, temperatures warm a bit, with highs in the upper 30s to low 40s around town. Confidence: Medium-High
The long-range models are showing the chance of a well-timed or poorly timed, depending on your perspective, winter storm around Christmas Eve/Christmas Day. Can't say anything with confidence at this point. But it's worth watching, which is exactly what we'll be doing.
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