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Posted at 3:40 PM ET, 02/15/2011

PM Update: Countdown to next warm-up...

By Jason Samenow

Although today's highs in the mid-to-upper 40s are 20-25 degrees colder than yesterday, they're about exactly average for mid-February. And the violent winds are history. A seasonably chilly night looms, before our next climb toward spring-like bliss commences Wednesday.

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: We may have a few clouds around tonight, but it's mostly clear and cold. Lows range from near 30 downtown to the low 20s in the colder suburbs.

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Here come winds from the south. They'll be fairly light (about 10 mph), but together with considerable sunshine lift the mercury about seven to 10 degrees above today's levels, with most locations reaching the mid-50s.

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Huge snows in South Korea: The BBC reports the biggest snow in over 100 years has crippled portions of eastern South Korea. Hundreds of homes reportedly collapsed in the snow. "In Gangwon on the eastern coast, one city recorded 80cm (2.6 feet) of snow in a single day - the heaviest fall in 24 hours since records began there back in 1911," the BBC said. MSNBC posted a remarkable photo of the region's "snow bomb."

By Jason Samenow  | February 15, 2011; 3:40 PM ET
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Friday looks really good. I may break down & wash my car that evening.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | February 15, 2011 3:51 PM | Report abuse

While I'm sure we'll have some more cold days the sun sure feels strong lately when it's not hidden by the clouds!

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 15, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Last two Runs of the GFS and European are taking the NAO negative :

Around the same time the NAO is in the tank the European model is trying bring temps below freezing & precip into the picture... Feb 21... something to watch for winter lovers I suppose

Posted by: pseaby | February 15, 2011 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I tried checking myself but am having trouble finding any info about the 78 mph gust at Leesburg yest. Jason, have you had any luck finding out about it?

Posted by: worldtraveler83 | February 15, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

currently, for the 21st the GFS has the so far north it barely even brings us rain....

the interesting chance comes on the 24/25th where we're right on the rain/snow line for the end part of the storm, beginning 240 hours (hahahaha) out:

(sigh... hey, i've got all spring/summer/fall to be realistic about 0% snow chances, so for now, i'm not giving up.)

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 15, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse


I doubt it's legit. Otherwise, NWS would've listed it in its public info statement on peak wind gusts yesterday, which can be found here:

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 15, 2011 6:09 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why, but I'm extremely tempted to throw in the towel for the winter.

If only that darn La NiƱa would get the heck outta here...sigh...

But hey, there's only 288 days left until next [meteorological] winter begins!

Posted by: BobMiller2 | February 15, 2011 6:17 PM | Report abuse

La Nina needs to go back to the loony bin from whence she came.... It was cold outside today... Where are those "spring" like temps? Ole psycho La Nina, tricked us with snow possibilities, and now she is tricking us with early "spring" possibilities.. The only thing La Nina is promised to give us.. Is bloody Pneumonia..

Posted by: BELLASNOWQUEEN | February 15, 2011 7:24 PM | Report abuse


Thank you for that site. It answers my question all right. It was pretty darn windy here yesterday but that did seem high. Thanks though for the direction to that site.

Posted by: worldtraveler83 | February 15, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

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