PM Update: Winds set to whip up
Who knew near-normal temperatures in the low-and-mid 40s could feel so good? After our long cold snap, it has been almost pleasant outside today. Winds have still been occasionally gusty from the northwest, but nothing terrible compared to what we've seen in the recent past. Our brief reprieve probably ends tomorrow as winds pick back up and we cool back down a bit.
Through Tonight: Sky conditions are mostly clear overnight and temperatures fall rapidly back through the 30s after sunset. Winds from the northwest picks up as the night wears on, probably sustained around 15 or 20 mph by morning. Lows fall to the mid-and-upper 20s.
Tomorrow (Thursday): We see a lot of sun on Thursday, but also a lot of wind. Sustained winds from the northwest should increase a bit through midday, with gusts near or past 40 mph possible. Highs reach the mid-30s to near 40 with wind chills likely in the 20s at best.
La Nina snowstorms: La Nina typically proves difficult when it comes to getting a giant snowstorm in D.C. Over the course of 28 La Nina years going back to the early 1900s, half of which were weak La Nina's, there have been 20 storms that dropped 6"+ at D.C. In a moderate-to-strong La Nina, the odds of a blockbuster seem even less. Thus far, the record for a strong La Nina is 10.2" at D.C. in December 1973. See a chart for the whole group of 6"+ accumulations in the sample (note: dark gray = weak; light gray = mod; white = strong).
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