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Posted at 3:10 PM ET, 12/ 1/2010

PM Update: Cold settles in, here to stay

By Ian Livingston

We've seen some wild swings today, huh? Morning temperatures in the 60s, some severe weather, then rapidly falling readings which dipped to near 40 and into the lower 40s many spots. Highs everywhere occurred before or around sunrise, though afternoon temperatures have bounced back a little, to the low-and-mid 40s. Factor in the still gusty, if decreasing, wind from the northwest and you've got a pretty wintry day following the spring-like start. If you were eager for more cold after the last blast, you're in luck. And this time it looks to stick around a while...

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: Most of the clouds of today disappear this evening and into the overnight. We're eventually left mostly clear. Lows drop to the mid-and-upper 20s in the coldest suburbs to the lower 30s downtown. Winds that peaked earlier today dwindle to around 5 or 10 mph from the west or northwest, with some higher gusts.

Tomorrow (Thursday): It's going to be one of the chillier days of this young cold season, but only the first in a string of such. At least we'll see a fair amount of sun! Look for mostly sunny skies early and perhaps some increase in clouds prior to sunset. Highs reach near 40 and into the low 40s most spots, with D.C. and southeast maybe reaching the mid-40s. Wind picks back up during the day from the northwest, around 10 to 15 mph with higher gusts. Bundle up!

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Wind and rain: It was a windy night last night and that continued into today. Ahead of the front, gusts from the south and southeast near and past 40 mph were common. Behind the front, winds were just as strong if not slightly stronger in some spots. National picked up its peak gust at 11 am, just above 40 mph from the northwest. Dulles and Baltimore-Washington also reached gusts of 40 mph or higher. Gusts past 50 mph were reported in Anne Arundel and Fairfax counties. In addition, a handful of storm reports came in across the area last night and this morning. Rainfall totals in the immediate D.C. area were mostly in the .5" to 1" range, with amounts greater than 1" largely confined to western and northwestern suburbs.

By Ian Livingston  | December 1, 2010; 3:10 PM ET
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Tomorrow (Tuesday): It's going to be one of the chillier days of this young cold season...

Tomorrow is Tuesday again? Arghhhhh I don't want to relive that day ;)

Posted by: rwalker66 | December 1, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Are we looking at the potential for ice on the roads due to the drains being blocked by fallen leaves?

Posted by: pablojuarez | December 1, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

so theres alot of buzz about saturday night/sunday with this clipper system. Bob Ryan says the mountains will break it up and keep the DC metro with mostly a few flurries.

Will the CWG be taking a stab at this potential snow maker this weekend.

My main question to you guys is, will this be a "need for salt" system?... Since part of my job is salting and plowing, im just trying to plan ahead and have my municipality ready and prepared.

Posted by: KRUZ | December 1, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

@rwalker66: I too am unwilling to re-live this past Tuesday.

And while this Wednesday morning didn't do much for me, or anybody else either, I'm thrilled with Wednesday night's temps. I'll be able to sleep tonight!

Posted by: --sg | December 1, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

What a boring forecast for the next week. Cold with little chance of the only thing that makes freezing temps meaningful. If there was a decent chance of snow the gang would be hyping it hard all over the blog.

We bought a new snow shovel last week. There will be no snow.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | December 1, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Latest GFS is shifting a little wetter for Saturday night and Sunday morning...and whaddya know - just in time for Dec. 5...

Posted by: DullesARC | December 1, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Got 2 inches to the SW of Front Royal. My upper retention pond got about 1/2 full; I need to make it bigger.

Posted by: eric654 | December 1, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Just don't look at the NAM if you're afraid of disappointment.. or do if you want to think about snow.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | December 1, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

The ECMWF, GGEM, NAM and now GFS supports a light to moderate snow event across W.Va. into central Va. late Sat. and Sat. night.

D.C. is a little too far north for the favored track.

Climo. favors verification............

Posted by: AugustaJim | December 1, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

@Ian tonights 00z NAM looked good for us non snow lovers out there! Way south!!!!

Posted by: KRUZ | December 1, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Let's keep up the Dec. 5th tradition...more moisture in the area, please.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | December 1, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

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