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Seasonable Weather Still On Hold

Matt Ross @ 1:00 AM

Spring will make a feeble attempt at returning over the next couple days as unseasonably cool air will be hard to scour out.


Forecast Confidence: HighSunny, Cool. The high April sun will make today tolerable and even pleasant at times. It will be breezy with afternoon highs struggling to the lower to mid 50s as cold air aloft continues a stranglehold on our weather.

Tonight and Tomorrow

Forecast Confidence: MediumCool, Showers. Tonight we will have increasing cloudiness with low temperatures staying above freezing in most places in the mid 30s. Wednesday will be cloudy with rain likely developing (70%) in the afternoon. Overcast conditions will keep high temperatures in the low to mid 50s. Refer to Jason's forecast for the rest of the week and weekend.

Pictured: Rare April snow by the Capitol, courtesy of Photographer Kevin Ambrose.

April Notes

As the Washington Post asked yesterday, This is Spring? Despite two very warm days early last week with highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s, we are running 5 degrees below normal for April so far. Today and tomorrow will likely make our 6th and 7th day in a row with average temperatures running more than 10 degrees below normal, and we should be 6 degrees below normal for the month after Wednesday. If we were to finish the month six degrees below normal, it would make this the coldest April in DC in 100 years (April 1907). I am not suggesting that this will actually occur, as the cold looks to be slowly receding as we head through the week. However, after accumulating snow on April 7th, nothing will surprise me.

The 0.4" recorded at National Airport (DCA) on Saturday brings the seasonal total to 9.5". This is about 6" below average, and places 2006-07 as the 21st snowiest winter at DCA out of the last 30. Dulles and BWI finished with 14.7" and 11.0" respectively. Look for a review and grading of our winter outlook either next Tuesday or the week after.

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