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Winter Starts With Warming Trend

Dan Stillman @ 12:30 AM

After a chilly first day of winter, which starts officially at 1:35 p.m. today, temperatures will follow a warming trend through much of the holiday weekend. The most eventful day of the forecast period looks to be Sunday, Christmas Day, which will likely feature rain and maybe even a few snowflakes.

Pictured is the front cover of a new book by Denise Fleming, courtesy Henry Holt and Company.

Forecast in Detail

Today: Mostly sunny with a few passing clouds, highs in the upper 30s. Tonight: Under clear skies, lows will bottom out in the mid 20s downtown, upper teens to around 20 in the 'burbs. Tomorrow: Sunny and warmer, highs in the low-to-mid 40s. Tomorrow night: Partly cloudy with lows dropping to near 30 in town, mid 20s in the 'burbs. Friday: Increasing clouds and warmer still -- highs in the upper 40s to around 50.

The Holiday Weekend: The possibility of rain enters into the forecast over the weekend. I expect that we'll remain mostly dry through late Saturday (perfect weather for a Giant Thumpin'), and then see a 30 percent chance of rain Saturday night and a 50 percent chance of rain on Sunday. High temps should be near 50 both days. As we've been teasing, including in the Snow Lover's Crystal Ball below, there's a small chance the rain could end as a little bit of snow Sunday evening. The chances are slim, though, and there's almost no chance we would see any accumulation.

Maryland Bows Out of Global Warming Pact

President Bush is to the Kyoto Protocol as Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich is to the ______________________?

The answer is the "Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative," an agreement entered into by seven Northeastern states yesterday -- but rejected by Maryland, Massachusetts and Rhode Island -- to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants 10 percent by 2019. The Ehrlich administration refused to join citing possible negative impacts on power plants and electricity costs.

In the Baltimore Sun story, the executive director of the Maryland Public Interest Research Group says that the Ehrlich administration's position is no surprise, because half of the top officials appointed to run the state's Department of Environment used to work for a company that is the state's largest owner of power plants.

  • NBC4's Weather Plus station is now being carried by Fairfax County's Cox Cable on channel 803.
  • DCRTV rants yesterday on AccuWeather forecaster Joe Bastardi's "static shock warning," as heard on WMAL radio.
When Kocin Speaks, We Listen

Paul Kocin, the Weather Channel's Winter Weather Expert and one of our favorites here at CapitalWeather, has written a couple of interesting entries recently in the Weather Channel Blog. Check out "Heartburn Weather" and "What's Your Favorite Snowstorm?" And if you missed it, don't forget to read our recent interview with the guru of winter storms.

Snow Lover's Crystal Ball

Next Chance of Accumulating Snow: Sunday, December 25
Probability: 10%
Potential Impact:
Commentary: Enough cold air may be pulled in on the back side of a storm system passing through to end the precipitation as a little bit of snow. The chances of this are low, however, and even lower are the chances of seeing any accumulation. Right now, the odds of a White Christmas are rather slim.

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