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Warming Up to a Turkey-Day Transition
Cooler air in time for Black Friday

Jason Samenow @ 9:00 AM

Despite today's somewhat chilly conditions, starting tomorrow we'll experience a gradual warm-up leading up to Thanksgiving. Then on Friday, cool conditions will return -- lasting right through the weekend.


Forecast Confidence: HighMostly cloudy with spotty AM rain. Patches of light rain may dampen the northern suburbs in the morning with mostly cloudy skies across the rest of the area. A few breaks in the clouds are possible during the afternoon, with highs around 50. Overnight, expect considerable cloudiness with a 40% chance of showers after midnight as a warm-front lifts through the region. Low temperatures should be in the upper 30s to around 40.


Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighSlow decrease in clouds, warmer. Mostly cloudy skies in the morning should give way to partly cloudy skies in the afternoon. The emergence of the sun in the afternoon should help boost temperatures towards the 60 degree mark. Overnight, look for partly cloudy skies and lows from 45-49 (suburbs-city)

Pictured: Sunrise Saturday morning at the Tidal Basin. By photographer Kevin Ambrose.


Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighPartly sunny and quite mild. Balmy southerly winds coupled with some sunshine will likely help temperatures soar into the mid and upper 60s. Overnight, clouds increase ahead of a a strong cold front approaching from the west, with a chance of showers towards morning. Expect very mild lows of 50-55.

A Look Ahead

  • On Thanksgiving, expect mostly cloudy, breezy and mild conditions, with occasional showers possible. Temperatures should be mild one more day with highs in the low to mid 60s.
  • Friday and Saturday will be on the cold side (but dry), with highs near 50 both days and overnight lows from the upper 20s to mid 30s (suburbs-city).
  • Sunday may be rainy and cool as low pressure approaches from the south, although confidence in this forecast is low.

30" Snowstorm in DC Every 150 Years?

Since records have officially been kept, the area's greatest snowstorm occurred January 27-28, 1922 when 28" was observed downtown, famously causing the roof of the Knickerbocker Theater to collapse. Before that, the last storm to produce that much snow was probably the January 26-29, 1772 Washington-Jefferson storm, according to historical accounts. The current issue of Weatherwise (the full article is only available to print subscribers) talks all about the storm, which dumped three feet of snow on Mt. Vernon. Washington wrote about the storm: "... the deepest snow which I suppose the oldest living ever remembers to have seen in this country." Interestingly, Weatherwise Magazine points out the Knickerbocker and G-Dub/TJ storms were exactly 150 years apart, and calculates the next 30" snowstorm should therefore occur in late January 2072.

Could the next 30-incher occur 64 years ahead of schedule (imagine the mayhem)? Find out tomorrow when's (much anticipated) Winter Outlook is unveiled!!!

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