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Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 03/24/2011

PM Update: Cold air settles in to stay a while

It’s as if we turned the calendar back five weeks today. After raw morning rain showers (some snow parts of the northern suburbs and Shenandoah Valley), it’s remained rather gloomy and February-like. Highs struggled to reach the mid-40s and are unlikely to escape the 40s tomorrow through some time next week.

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Through Tonight: Cloud cover gradually diminishes as an upper level disturbance continues to pull away. We may not completely clear out, but cold flow from the north helps drive temperatures all the way down to 30-32 downtown, with mid-20s in the colder suburbs.

Tomorrow (Friday): We’ll have a mix of sun and clouds but the air mass overhead is cold. Highs reach the upper 40s for most of the metro region (mid-40s north to maybe 50 south) with a wind from the north at around 10 mph.

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Today’s Weather Gang lab dissects snow chances: In the video below, I show some of the model output for Sunday morning’s snow potential. Since I recorded the video, the latest Euro model has come out and trended a bit wetter and colder. The chances are looking pretty good for seeing snow with a coating to an inch or so a good first guess as to amounts. The Snow Lover’s Crystal Ball may return tomorrow...

Note: the Cherry Blossom info I discuss originated from David Streit’s fine gardening blog which I should have specifically called out in the video.

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