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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/25/2013

D.C. area forecast: Light snow arriving this afternoon set to complicate PM commute

*Winter Weather Advisory from 2 to 9 p.m. today*

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Cloudy with PM light snow probable. Mid-20s to near 30. | Tonight: Evening light snow, then clearing. 17-23. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly sunny, breezy. Low-to-mid 30s. | Sunday: Less breeze, more sun! Mid-to-upper 30s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

TODAY'S DAILY DIGIT

A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10


Less wind chill a plus, and we’re getting used to the cold. PM snow a nice sight, except on the road! Get the Digit on Twitter | Discuss on Facebook

SNOW POTENTIAL INDEX

A daily assessment of the potential for *accumulating* snow for the next week on a 0-10 scale. More info


SPI: 7 (↑) - Light snow likely Friday afternoon into evening. It doesn’t take much around here to create travel troubles. Get the SPI on Twitter | Discuss on Facebook

FORECAST IN DETAIL


Light snow starting this afternoon and lasting into evening could make our commute home a bit annoying, but not as hazardous as what we saw two years ago tomorrow. Plan ahead, watch radar with us, and maybe try to sneak out a bit early if possible! It should mainly stay a light, picturesque snow though. Looking ahead to Sunday and next week, we actually appear to finally have a thaw on our hands. Ready for a warm-up?


Friday snow potential forecast, second call. Initially posted at 11 p.m. 1/24.
Today (Friday): Overcast skies today should eventually start dropping snowflakes this afternoon, probably somewhere in the 2-5 p.m. window (quickest west and southwest). You know the drill. Light snowfall in D.C. means rush hour could be amplified if we ALL don’t plan accordingly. But don’t panic, this should stay a sweepable snowfall around 1” many spots, but a bit of a range from 0.5” to 2” is possible in the region. High temperatures stay in the mid-20s to near 30, but could end up at the lower end if snow starts early enough. Breezes out of the south should stay light—lighter than yesterday. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Cloud cover slowly breaks after snow ends by the 7 to 10 p.m. range. Low temperatures head toward the upper teens in the colder areas to perhaps nearer 20 downtown. It’s cold, it’s been cold. Please be cautious for slick spots even after the snow is over! Confidence: Medium

For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock. Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

During this cold period of weather: If you see a homeless person sleeping or just cold with nowhere to go, please take note of the cross streets and what type of clothes they are wearing, and call 1-800-535-7252. The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness will pick them up and transport them to a free shelter.

Tomorrow (Saturday): We should clear out into some sunshine by afternoon, if not sooner. Noticeable winds out of the northwest could keep our wind chills feeling much lower than high temperatures in the low-to-mid 30s. Sorry snow lovers, your enjoyment of the landscape could be short-lived. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Have you noticed how bright the moon is lately? Well just wait for the full moon to rise tonight, under mostly clear skies. It should illuminate the last remaining spots of the surviving snowfall. Low temperatures may end up again in a similar, familiar range of teens outside the beltway, to as high as 25 at National Airport, before dawn. The lower the wind, the lower the temperatures. Right now it appears breezes may maintain themselves all night. Bundle up since wind chill could still feel harsh! Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday: Could end up being a more straightforward winter day with high temperatures in the mid-to-upper 30s and decreasing winds plus increasing sunshine. Not bad, right? This appears to be the beginning of a thaw for us. I could use a respite myself, but some of you may want the freeze to continue! Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Sunday night: Some clouds could keep our low temperatures nearer 30 downtown, but 20s likely in all the normally colder spots—even with clouds. Is it time to ditch the gloves and scarf? Kidding, mostly Confidence: Low-Medium

Just as we acclimated to winter, Monday should feel almost warm to our bodies. Back near average, or low-to-mid 40s, for high temperatures. I could enjoy this somewhat easier commute (less stinging) to work. Clouds could dominate much of the day, especially the afternoon or overnight. A 10-20% chance of a late day shower is possible. Could be rain or snow, but will be light either way. Confidence: Medium

Tuesday quickly bounds toward into the 50s even under numerous clouds. Perhaps upper 50s if our southerly breeze really kicks into gear, and the sunshine can somehow dominate over persistent cloud cover. We still have a 10% chance of a shower, and we’ll keep you posted if you should consider umbrellas! Confidence: Low

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