Forecast: White Christmas, a day late
day's weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.
A zero if you've got travel plans, but a 10 if you've been waiting for snow. Splitting the difference.
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Today: Snow at times. Becoming windy. Upper 20s to near 30. | Tonight: Snow tapers. Windy. 18-23. | Tomorrow: Lingering a.m. snow showers? Partial clearing & windy. Near 30. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail
FORECAST IN DETAIL
A late Christmas present for snow lovers, and a travel nuisance for others, the storm moving up the coast today leaves us with a dose of the white stuff. It's no Snowmageddon or Snowpocalypse, at least not here in the D.C. area. But probably enough snow to slow down an already busy travel day, especially as the impacts of higher accumulations in Philadelphia, New York and Boston reverberate elsewhere. Besides the snow, the other big story is the wind, which really cranks up later today through tomorrow.
Snow Potential Index: 8 (↑) - We won't be buried like our friends to the northeast, but a few inches is within reach.
Today (Sunday): The coastal storm we've been watching all week is here, providing us with periods of light to moderate snow. We're expecting accumulations in the metro area to be closer to the lower end of our 3-6" range, as shown in yesterday's accumulation map, than the higher end. Temperatures should hover in the upper 20s to near 30 and winds crank up from the north this afternoon, increasing to near 15-20 mph with higher gusts. Confidence: Medium
Tonight: Snow tapers tonight, though it may not seem like it with 15-30 mph winds from the north blowing around the flakes that have already fallen. Temperatures bottom in the low 20s with wind chills dipping to the single digits. Confidence: Medium
Keep reading for the forecast into the coming week...
Tomorrow (Monday): Winds roar from the northwest at 20-30 mph with gusts to near or past 40 mph. Skies clear by afternoon, but we'll stay blustery cold with highs only near 30 and wind chills probably holding in the teens. Confidence: Medium-High
Tomorrow Night: Not as windy as during the day, but still breezy. Under mostly clear skies, lows fall to the low 20s downtown, upper teens to near 20 in the suburbs. Confidence: Medium-High
Tuesday looks to be our transition day toward a warming and less windy stretch. Some breeziness still lingers, around 10-15 mph from the west. But that sure is an improvement, as are highs in the mid-to-upper 30s and mostly sunny skies. Partly cloudy and cold overnight with lows mainly in the low 20s. Confidence: Medium-High
Wednesday looks like the most pleasant day of the bunch. Highs head up to near 40 with light winds and mostly sunny skies. Confidence: Medium-High
Highs near 50 by the weekend? Could happen. How's that for a change?
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