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Day of Transition

Jason Samenow @ 12:32 AM

Spring in winter ends today. An astonishing 10 of our last 25 days have been at or above 60 degrees. After today, we'll need to get used to highs in the 40s or colder for the forseeable future. Yes, those winter clothes you had out in December will be needed again this winter.

Increasing clouds at dawn this morning on the Mall. By photographer Kevin Ambrose.

Today, Tonight and Tomorrow

It may be kind of nice when you get up this morning. If you're up early, you'll probably even see the sun, and temperatures will be mild -- between 45-50. But it will cloud over during the late morning with a period of rain as a warm front works northward. There may be a lull in the action during the mid to late afternoon and even a brief interval of sunshine--with highs near 60.

By the evening hours the cold front will approach and a line of thunderstorms is possible. I would say areas to the southeast are most likely to experience severe storms, but don't be surprised if there are some storms with heavy rain, thunder and lighting and strong winds right here. Overnight, it will turn windy and colder, with temperatures falling into the upper 30s. Northwest winds will be sustained around 20-25mph with higher gusts.

Sunday will be partly cloudy and blustery, with highs only in the mid 40s. It will feel colder than that with 20-30mph winds. Also, a stray flurry cannot be ruled out. Good football watching weather...

Superbowl Snow

Detroit, on the northwest side of the storm bringing us rain, looks to get raked today and tonight with heavy snow and strong winds. 4-8" may fall in the Motor City. It's a good thing Sunday's Superbowl is inside the dome.

It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday...

The weather yesterday afternoon was nothing short of phenomenal. Reagan National reached 62 degrees, just three degrees off its record high. Photographer Ian Livingston, a new contributor to, took advantage of the nice weather to capture some stunning shots of the city...

These images, all taken yesterday, are available in full size (in which you can appreciate them even more) along with other excellent shots on the bulletin board, where Ian is a moderator. Look forward to seeing more from Ian here in the coming weeks... He will be an excellent complement to Kevin.

Snow Lover's Crystal Ball

Next Chance of Accumulating Snow: Thursday and Friday, Feb 9-10
Probability: 25%
Potential Impact:

Commentary: A clipper system will swing through perhaps bringing a period of light snow or snowshowers. But I'm certainly not betting the farm on any accumulation...

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