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While today will be warm, it's all about the cold

Jason Samenow @ 12:51 AM

Saturday's cold air aloft: Another weather blog has popped up, (part of the Baltimore Sun's site-- and focusing on Baltimore Weather) and yesterday's post indicates the icy precipitation that accompanied Saturday's storms was neither hail nor sleet, but graupel. I could not personally inspect the precipitation-- but that assessment sounds right to me.

Yesterday's cold morning: Yesterday morning was the coldest morning of the season across the area. Dulles dropped to 31, BWI to 33 and Reagan National to 41. Surbubanites were scraping ice off their windshields in both Virginia and Maryland

Today's cold front: A cold front will produce showers this afternoon and evening -- a few of which could produce heavy rain (I'll call for about 0.5" of rain today). Ahead of the cold front, it will be quite mild though with highs in the low 70s this afternoon (perhaps a bit warmer if the sun breaks out). On Wednesday, behind the cold front, temperatures should drop 5-10 degrees as a northeast wind kicks in. Any rain should end early in the morning, with mostly cloudy skies for the remainder of the day.

The coming cold winter: AccuWeather, in its official winter forecast, reiterated it will likely be cold over our region and also snowy. Here's a snippet that includes the snow forecast:
The Winter Storm Center has good news for ski areas in the central and southern Appalachians, where snowfall this winter is expected to be 125% of normal. Normal to slightly-above normal snowfall is expected in southern New England, southeast New York State, New Jersey, the much of Pennsylvania, much of West Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.

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