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Cold Today in the Snow's Wake
But Weekend Noticeably Milder

Josh Larson @ 6:55 AM

In the wake of yesterday's snowfall (check out the re-cap below), it will continue to feel decidedly wintry today, with high temperatures not making it out of the 30s. We'll see a bit milder weather on Friday though clouds will be on the increase. Noticeably milder this weekend along with plenty of clouds.


Confidence: HighSunny and cold. Despite abundant sunshine -- which will help melt a lot of the snow -- high temperatures will struggle to make it out of the mid to upper 30s today, so bundle up. Luckily NW winds should be of the light variety (<10mph). Partly cloudy overnight with lows ranging from the low 20s across the coolest 'burbs to the upper 20s downtown.


Forecast Confidence: MediumMostly cloudy, cool. Expect a good deal of clouds on Friday as the flow aloft changes direction. High temperatures will reach the low to mid 40s in most spots. Mostly cloudy overnight with noticeably milder temperatures primarily in the mid and upper 30s.

The Weekend

Confidence: High-Very HighClouds to dominate. Though we'll see noticeably milder temperatures this weekend, we'll be saddled with mostly cloudy skies the duration of the weekend. Saturday's highs should be near 50 with overnight lows in the upper 30s to low 40s. Continued mostly cloudy on Sunday and milder still, with highs in the mid 50s. A stray shower during the second half of the day cannot be ruled out. Scattered showers and mild overnight, with lows in the mid 40s.

A Look Ahead

  • Monday looks cloudy and warm -- weird combo for wintertime -- with temperatures likely surpassing the 60 degree mark!
  • Somewhat cooler on Tuesday and Wednesday, with highs likely back into the upper 40s.

Yesterday's S-N-O-W

In what is rare for DC snow events, yesterday's clipper system actually significantly "over-preformed" and brought quite a decent swath of snow to the region. Snow started right around morning rush, snarling traffic in many spots. For a full list of official snowfall accumulations, click here.

Much to the delight of snow lovers, the track of the storm system was almost ideal to provide a general 2-4" of snow for the region; fears that the mountains to our west might rob the system of some of its moisture -- as is often the case -- ended up being entirely unfounded. Our forecast issued Wednesday morning for 1-2" turned out to be too low, though it was slightly better than some outlets that called for only a coating to an inch.

We did explicitly and correctly mention that more than 2" was possible (we assigned this scenario a 25% probability) if localized heavy bands of snow developed. And we also correctly noted the worst travel would be the morning and evening rush, with snow having a hard timing sticking on the road in between (especially downtown).

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