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The week ahead, and meteorologists out of control

Jason Samenow @ 12:36 AM

Photo by Mark YoungThe coming week should be much quieter than last week weatherwise. Let's get right into the day-by-day details...

For today...expect a VERY cold start with temperatures between 7 and 12 when you get up and head out. A wind chill advisory is in effect until 10am. After morning sunshine, some high clouds should stream in late. Highs will be near 30. This evening, there is a 50/50 chance of snow showers. Any accumulation that occurs should be light.

Expect partly cloudy skies on Tuesday, with highs near 40.

By Wednesday, the moderating temperature trend will continue ahead of a clipper that will pass to our north late in the day. Look for mostly cloudy skies and highs in the mid 40s. A shower/sprinkle can't be ruled out.

Behind the clipper, it will turn much colder on Thursday as well as breezy, with highs in the low 30s under sunny skies.

Under the influence of Canadian high pressure, temperatures will remain cool on Friday, with highs 35-39.

The forecast for next weekend is uncertain. Right now, I would say temperatures should be seasonable (in the low 40s), but we will have to watch a disturbance that could evolve into a southern storm.

Pictured: Snow is blown across Huntley Meadows Park at sunset, in Fairfax County, Sunday evening. By photographer Mark Young,

Meteorologists Gone Wild?
A number of broadcast (TV) meteorologists have been in the news lately -- owing to either(perceived) racism, drunkenness or incompetence.
  • We mentioned how Las Vegas weatherman Rob Blair was fired for using a racial slur on-air. The Las Vegas Review Journal reports a debate has ensued within the community about whether the firing was warranted.
  • South Carolina's profiles Charlotte, NC former weatherman Mark Mathis who has become an internet icon due to his crazy and zany weathercasts. Watch his video (Requires Microsoft Media Player) and laugh (thanks to PC for posting this in the comments last week). Mathis was fired from his station (FOX, WCCB) in November due to drunkenness.
  • In Raleigh, North Carolina, residents were furious after meteorologists blew two forecasts last week. The Raleigh News and Observer describes how local meteorologist Greg Fishel has handled the criticism.

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