PM Update: Cloudy through a warm Thursday; central U.S. cold, snow and ice

Temperature Map

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

With the sun angle so low this time of year, cloudy days are extra gloomy. But on the “bright” side, highs again reaching the mid-50s across most of the area felt pretty pleasant. We warm up some more tomorrow, though we stick with largely gray skies.

Through Tonight: Clouds, a south wind, and rising dew points on that south wind help keep us fairly mild. As the night wears on, some fog or drizzle may form in a few spots. Winds are light from the south.

Tomorrow (Thursday): Welcome back to summer? Not quite, but definitely a day to open the windows and such! Despite sunshine being pretty hard to come by throughout the day, southerly winds around 5-10 mph help boost temperatures into the mid-and-upper 60s. There could be a late day or evening shower.

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Large parts of the central United States are under winter weather watches, warnings or advisories as a storm system wraps up. (NOAA)

Large parts of the central United States are under winter weather watches, warnings or advisories as a storm system wraps up. (NOAA)

Wintry mess: A pair of storm systems will continue to impact the central United States over coming days. The first is pushing through Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, having already dropped up to 1-2 feet of snow in parts of the northern Plains and upper Midwest. Snow totals in that region may approach 3 feet in spots. The next system is moving through the Rockies and dropping heavy snow in the mountains. It is poised to emerge into the southern Plains tomorrow, where areas of moderate snow and potentially heavy ice accumulation are possible from  Texas/Oklahoma and off to the northeast in coming days.

It’s also pretty ridiculously cold out there, as seen by a temperature analysis of the country this afternoon. Most of Wyoming and Montana have seen temperatures hovering near or below zero during the day today.  Cold air is draining south and east nicely out ahead of the next storm as well.

3 p.m. EST temperature analysis of the United States. (Weatherbell.com)

3 p.m. EST temperature analysis of the United States. (Weatherbell.com)

 

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