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Morning fog, partial PM sun -- New Year's Eve rain?

Jason Samenow @ 10:09 AM

A bout of morning fog is currently breaking -- and we should have a pretty nice afternoon. Rain is in the cards for New Year's Day. The question is: will it arrive before or after the ball drops?


Forecast Confidence: HighSun to slow emerge. After some early dense fog, the should emerge by noon. Expect a mix of sun and clouds in the afternoon with highs 50-55. Overnight, clouds will increase, with lows 32-37 (suburbs-city).

Pictured: Beautiful sunset near Dumfries, VA Thursday evening. By photographer Kevin Ambrose. Also note visitor GV posted another nice sunset shot from Thursday in the comments area yesterday.

New Year's Eve

Forecast Confidence: HighCloudy. Chance of showers after dark. Clouds will gradually lower and thicken during the day, with high temperatures 45-49. Most of the rain should hold off until after midnight although I'll call for a 30% chance of showers prior to it. Low temperatures should be in the low to mid 40s.

New Year's Day

Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighMorning rain, slow clearing in the PM. Rain will be heavy at times in the morning before gradually tapering off towards noon. In the afternoon, it will be mostly cloudy with a few breaks possible towards sunset. Expect high temperatures in the low to mid 50s.

Local Ski Areas Struggling

I checked the websites of Whitetail and Liberty ski resorts yesterday, and it was not pretty. Due to the unseasonably mild weather (now 19 straight days of above normal highs in DC), both resorts have been closed for over a week and with mild temperatures in the forecast for at least the next week, I'm not sure when snowmaking conditions will be sufficiently good for them to re-open. If you don't mind driving a little ways, Wisp is open with 14 trails in operation. Wintergreen and Massanutten resorts in VA are also open but with just 4 or 5 skiable trails.

Pictured: The webcam outside Whitetail's lodge shows just a few patches of remaining snowcover yesterday morning. Courtesy

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