top border

Please note, not all links may be active. This site is a snapshot of an earlier time.

View from Afar

Jason Samenow @ 12:00 AM

I'm posting from Rincon, Puerto Rico where the palm trees sway in the warm night air (I'm literally posting under the stars on a wireless connection as "Red, Red Wine" by UB40 plays at an adjacent outdoor bar). The high reached the mid 80s earlier -- quite a contrast from the upper 30s in our Nation's Capital. As a snow enthusiast, I was sorry to miss the storm but want to commend the rest of the for nailing the forecast for yesterday's "event." I vicariously enjoyed the blow by blow coverage provided by Camden, Dan, Josh, and Steve [from a beach chair :)].

The Weekend Forecast (for Washington, DC)

Watch out for some slick spots early this morning, as some of yesterday's melted "sleeze" (mix of snow/sleet and freezing rain) will have refreezed overnight. Morning lows will be near 20 in the colder suburbs and mid 20s downtown. Afternoon temperatures will recover nicely -- I'm thinking around 45 -- as high pressure allows for plenty of sunshine and additional melting.

Sunday should be a bit cooler, as northwest winds blow in some Canadian air, with highs only reaching 40 or so under partly cloudy skies. Some snow showers or flurries are possible in the mountains.

Pictured: Snow on the trees in Oakton, VA yesterday. By photographer Kevin Ambrose.

Aviation Turmoil: Originating from Baltimore

Beware of planes originating from Baltimore flying into snowing conditions. We all heard about the plane that ran off the runway at Chicago's Midway Airport on Thursday that originated from BWI. Yesterday, another plane, also originating from BWI, was struck by lightning in a thundersnowstorm as it approached Boston. Fortunately, the plane landed safely and no one was hurt according to the Associated Press .

Ski Season Now In Full Effect

While some of us go to the tropics to escape the snow, others can't get enough. If you're among the latter group, you'll only have to drive an hour or so for some great early season ski conditions. Whitetail Ski Resort opened its doors yesterday with 8 trails open and is reporting 8-10" of fresh snow. If you don't mind a bit of a drive, Wisp Resort, ~2.5 hours from DC, has over 15 runs open and has already received 38" of natural snow this season, with more on the way Sunday. For more information about local skiing, checkout

Snow Lover's Crystal Ball

Next Chance of Accumulating Snow: Thursday, December 15.
Probability: 30%
Potential Impact:
Commentary: Will our snowy December continue? Our long range guidance suggests maybe, with more accumulating snow a possibility late next week. Like the previous two events, this is likely to be a tough forecast -- with a snow to mix scenario again possible.

Comments are closed for this archived entry | Link | email post Email this post