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January Weather in January

Matt Ross @ 1:00 AM

Seasonably cool and dry weather will prevail over the next couple of days as we step down toward below average, colder air for the end of the week.


Forecast Confidence: HighPartly Cloudy, Cool. Today will be partly cloudy and crisp. Afternoon highs will be slightly below normal around 40 degrees.

Tonight and Tomorrow

Forecast Confidence: High Partly Sunny, Average Temps. Tonight will mostly clear and cold, with overnight lows in the low to mid 20s. Wednesday will be partly sunny, breezy and chilly with normal afternoon highs in the lower 40s. See Jason's forecast for the rest of the week and weekend.

Uncharacteristic of late January, snowcover presides over the mid Atlantic while much of the Northeast is barren. Coastal New England made up a little ground last night as a "Norlun" style inverted trough dumped up to 6"+ of snow in southern Maine. Image courtesy of Accuweather.

It was 20 years ago today

Actually it was 20 years ago yesterday, January 22, 1987, when the DC area saw its 1st snow of the season. Unlike Sunday's 1st of the season event which saw 1-2" generally fall in the DC area(IAD: 1.6", DCA: 1.2"), this storm dumped nearly a foot of snow over the area. Only 3 days later in a bitterly cold air mass, another 10" fell over much of the region. With a daytime high of 17 degrees on the 25th, and 12" already on the ground, snow removal efforts became a nightmare. Former DC Mayor, Marion Barry, spent this time at the Super Bowl in Pasadena and didn't return until after the 2nd storm. In defense of DC's lackluster snow removal efforts during his oblivious absence, Barry exclaimed, "We're not a snow town". Given our snowfall to date this season, I'd have to agree with Mr. Barry.

Image above from 1/27/1987 courtesy of the National Archives.

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