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The Week Ahead: What Happened to Winter Edition

Jason Samenow @ 12:38 AM

Winter got off to a fast start with three bouts of wintry precipitation in the first two weeks. But now, no significant winter storms appear on the horizon, and temperatures should be warmer than average for the upcoming week.

The Daily Details


As an upper level low disturbance swings by to our north this morning, don't be surprised to see a snow flurry, particularly early, and north and west of town. By late morning, clouds should begin decreasing a bit. Expect a mix of clouds and sun during the afternoon, with highs in the upper 40s.

Tuesday and Wednesday

High pressure building in from the southwest will start a warming trend Tuesday and Wednesday. Both days should feature partly sunny skies. On Tuesday, high temperatures should reach the low 50s whereas by Wednesday, 55-60 is a good possibility under southerly winds. Low temperatures both days should be near freezing in the suburbs and 35-40 in the city.


Thursday should be a day much like yesterday. Rain looks to move in during the late morning ahead of a cold front and continue through the late afternoon when the front should clear. High temperatures are likely to be near 50, with a morning low near 40.

Friday through Sunday

The airmass behind the front will not be terribly cold due to its Pacific origin. With plenty of sunshine, high temperatures may reach the mid 50s Friday, with morning lows from near freezing in the suburbs and in the upper 30s downtown.

Saturday's weather will probably be like Friday's (highs in the mid 50s) except clouds look to increase in the afternoon and evening as a cold front approaches. Said front may bring a period of showers on New Year's Eve. Admittedly, though, this forecast is far enough out that the timing could change.

High pressure and slightly cooler temperatuers should arrive Sunday, with partly to mostly sunny skies and high temperatures 45-50. Sunday's low should be 30-35.

The average high for this week is in the low to mid 40s, with average overnight lows in the mid to upper 20s.

Pictured: Fog rises over Lake Barcroft in Falls Church, VA after the rain ended yesterday afternoon. By Jason Samenow

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