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The Beginning of a Warming Trend

Jason Samenow @ 10:30 AM

Last week, I pronounced winter over and took some heat for it in light of the events of the last 48 hours. Of course, I did say we could see more cold shots and even some more flakes -- but that they would be neither long-lived nor substantial. As another warming trend begins, I re-iterate what I said last week, just don't put away all of your winter clothes.


Forecast Confidence: HighMostly sunny, breezy -- not as cold. After a cold start (temps in the 20s), temperatures will rapidly climb towards the mid 40s this afternoon. Note: this is still about 10 degrees below average. As high pressure builds in, we'll have plenty of sunshine and westerly breeze of 10-20mph. Overnight, we'll have clear skies and diminishing winds. It will be quite cold, with lows 21-27 (suburbs-city).


Forecast Confidence: HighIncreasing clouds, milder. The day will begin clear and cold, but will warm quickly as winds turn southerly as high pressure moves offshore. Clouds will increase in the late afternoon, with highs 50-55. By evening, there's a slight chance (30%) of a shower as a frontal system approaches the area.

The complete week ahead forecast will appear tomorrow.

Dulles Airport: Snow King of the East Coast for 2006-2007?

Somewhat amazingly, Dulles Airport has recorded more snow than New York City and Boston, MA this winter season. It's not over -- particularly in places like Boston -- which have been known to get big snows into early April. But as of today, at least parts of the DC area are scoring a rare underdog victory in the snowfall department.

Selected East Coast snowfall totals:
Dulles Airport (IAD) 14.5"
Philadelphia 13.4"
Boston 13.2"
Providence, Rhode Island 12.9"
New York City 12.4"
Baltimore Washington International (BWI) 10.8"
Reagan National Airport 9.1"

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