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Posted at 3:35 PM ET, 12/ 3/2010

PM Update: Cold weather is here to stay

By Dan Stillman

Winds arrive Sunday and may set up shop, too

updated at 4:20 p.m.

The cold reality of winter settled in today across the area, which for the second straight day saw highs limited to the low 40s to near 40. Like them or not, we'll just have to get used to these temperatures - they're here to stay well into next week at least. Besides the chance of a flurry or two, tomorrow night's snow threat should stay well to our south. Winds, however, are a different story - they're poised to create quite the chill come Sunday and into the new work week.

Radar & lightning: Latest regional 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: Today's clouds break up as we move into evening, though there could be a flurry or two first, and skies should be partly to mostly clear this evening and overnight. Evening temps fall through the 30s with overnight lows ranging from the mid-20s in the suburbs to the low 30s to near 30 downtown.

Tomorrow (Saturday): Some morning sun gives way to a mostly cloudy afternoon as an Alberta Clipper approaches from the west. The clipper's precipitation shield should pass far enough to our south and west to spare the D.C. area from anything more than the chance of a late-day flurry. Highs are cold again - near 40 to the low 40s.

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Tough sledding for Buffalo: More than 3 feet of snow buried parts of Buffalo, N.Y., Wednesday through early today and shut down part of I-90 for more than 24 hours. The snow measured 39 inches in the southeast corner of Buffalo according to a National Weather Service statement, though only 9 inches at the city's airport (proof that the D.C. area isn't the only place that sees dramatic snowfall differences across relatively short distances). That's still plenty of snow for sledding. A new study, however, highlights the need to sled with care. It found that nearly 230,000 children and teens were injured while sledding between 1997 and 2007.

By Dan Stillman  | December 3, 2010; 3:35 PM ET
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Posted by: greg2010 | December 3, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

greg2010 - sounds like you got what you wanted, eh snow lover? I could see the flakes best when you used the bush as background, FYI ;)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | December 3, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Greg and Camden, I just drove out of Leesburg and yeah, I saw some flurries along Rt 7 -- maybe one or two!

Posted by: natsncats | December 3, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

First flakes for a select few of you! Looks like a couple flurries riding south overhead I-270 but fizzling. Anyone up around Gaithersburg and north manage to see any flakes? -Dan, CWG

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | December 3, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I think I counted a total of 10 flakes so the one or two I caught with the bush as a background was at the very height of the "storm" Camden. Let's hope for more soon.

Posted by: greg2010 | December 3, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Afternoon models have come back north a bit with the clipper system. Enough to think we should at least be back into flurries. There are often last minute north trends so will be interesting to see the next runs tonight. Upside isnt huge but maybe some snow after all?

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | December 3, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

There were flurries in Harpers Ferry at about 4:30 p.m. Funny thing: they arrived just as the sky cleared (after a completely overcast day) and the sun shone from the west. So through my skylights I saw tiny white flakes coming down from blue sky.

Posted by: tinkerbelle | December 3, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Light snow flurries in New Baltimore!

Posted by: weathergrrl | December 3, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Snow flurries in Lake Ridge..

Posted by: ZmanVA | December 3, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Drove through a pretty good snow shower on my way from Front Royal to Centreville.

Posted by: oriolesfan2323 | December 3, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I can't view the comments on the previous post (the poll about total season snowfall)


Posted by: megamuphen | December 3, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Still no flakes...this is getting boring...hoping for a few on the fifth.

Maybe the model ensembles can scare up a storm by Christmas...

Posted by: Bombo47jea | December 4, 2010 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Still no flakes...this is getting boring...hoping for a few on the fifth.

Maybe the model ensembles can scare up a storm by Christmas...

Posted by: Bombo47jea | December 4, 2010 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Comparing lake effect snow totals in Buffalo with usually underperforming DCA totals is apples and oranges Buffalo's lake effect shows often fall in narrow bands as moisture trains across the lake and remains relatively stationary. So Depew got 42" inches earlier this week and places north of Buffalo got an inch or two.

In Washington, the relatively low totals at DCA are often related to elevation, the proximity of the tidal Potomac River, and the urban heat island. Which is not to say that there aren't dramatic differences. But these are more related to storm track, not fetch, and to elevation, etc.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | December 4, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Sorry to wishcast....12/13 looks interesting...hope models hold

Posted by: StormChaserMan | December 4, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

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