PM Update: Staying cold and windy; many in Northeast see first snow

November 12, 2013

Temperature Map

Temperatures: Latest D.C. area temperature map. See interactive map on our Weather Wall.

In the future, looking back at today’s climate stats (high and low) might make one think it wasn’t that unusually cold. But you’d miss the fact that highs in the 50s occurred overnight and many spots spent the entire afternoon dipping into and through the 30s. Strong northwest winds have also kept wind chills in the 20s much of the day. November or January? Novembuary?

Through Tonight: Bundle up! Skies eventually trend mostly clear as the front pushes further away. Lows are mainly in the mid-to-upper 20s, with near 30 more likely for downtown D.C. Winds decrease a bit, but not enough to make it all that enjoyable out, still blowing around 10 mph from the northwest.

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Cold start, cold middle, cold finish. Skies are mostly clear to partly sunny — we could see some enhanced clouds from time to time, particularly during the midday. Highs only reach the near 40 to mid-40 range, with most folks settling into the low 40s. Northwest winds kick up again during the day, sustained at 15 to 20 mph and higher gusts. Brr!

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Northeast snow: Places throughout the northeast like Connecticut and Pennsylvania saw the first widespread light snow accumulation of the season today as the Arctic front passed through. Even around here, and down toward Richmond, some flakes were reported flying if not sticking.

Additionally, heavy lake enhanced snow caused quite the traffic nightmare around Buffalo early this morning when a 20-car pileup occurred

Heavy snowfall is being blamed for a 20-car pileup that closed down a Buffalo highway for three hours. (REUTERS)

Heavy snowfall is being blamed for a 20-car pileup that closed down a Buffalo highway for three hours.

Ian Livingston is a forecaster/photographer and information lead for the Capital Weather Gang. By day, Ian is a defense and national security researcher at a D.C. think tank.
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