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Posted at 3:40 PM ET, 12/ 2/2010

PM Update: Cloudy, chilly and wintry

By Jason Samenow

For the first time since last February, the air has a distinctively "wintry" feel. The clouds coupled with a breezy chill have capped temperatures in the low 40s after morning lows at or below freezing. Indeed, this is the coldest day since February 26. Cold, mostly cloudy conditions continue tonight, tomorrow, and beyond.

Temperatures: Latest D.C. area temperature map powered by iMapWeather (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: Flow around low pressure to our north keep the conveyor belt of clouds streaming in along with the cold air. Lows range from the low 30s downtown to the mid-to-upper 20s in the suburbs.

Tomorrow (Friday): It's a day much like today. We'll see considerable cloud cover with some sunny breaks at times. High temperatures ascend into the low 40s with a northwest wind around 10-15 mph.

See David Streit's forecast through the weekend. And if you haven't already, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

AccuWeather predicts white Christmas for D.C. region:'s chief long range forecaster, Joe Bastardi, believes 50 percent of the U.S. will have at least one inch of snow cover on December 25 - including Washington. The norm is just 25 to 35 percent. Bastardi is also highlighting the potential for a "blockbuster" snowstorm with 6-12 inches of snow and 30-40 mph winds from D.C. to Boston, perhaps around mid-December. For the record, I don't put into a lot of stock into these kinds of predictions. We'll blog more about this later.

By Jason Samenow  | December 2, 2010; 3:40 PM ET
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Rats, if Accuweather is predicting snow on the ground for Christmas Day, that means it will be in the 60s (boo!) and the stink bugs will be migrating back outdoors (yes!!).

Nothing like digging out your humidifer for the first time this season and discovering a stink bug nestled inside.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | December 2, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Jerry, at least I'm not the only one still dealing with those pesky stinkbugs. I'm thinking it's the ones that already got inside that I'm still finding now, but unfortunately there's no shortage of them.

Jason, I saw Henry M has his "Big Daddy" hat out and ready to go.

Posted by: spgass1 | December 2, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

spgass1, thanks for the stink bug link. I've been grabbing them with a paper towel and dropping into the toilet. But the little rascals can swim, so you gotta' flush fast.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | December 2, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

I dont understand why you even post things coming out of Accuweather and especially Joe Bastardi.

Its like a reputable news organization quoting stories from the Enquirer. Please stop giving them the attention and maybe they will go away!

Posted by: where_is_snowmonster | December 2, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

here is to hoping for a dusting on Saturday night and while I believe Joe's prediction is a death sentence, I sure hope he is right for once.

Posted by: panthersny | December 2, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope for the traditional Dec. 5 dusting.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | December 3, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

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