PM Update: Windy overnight, and cold on Thursday; Snowmageddon anniversary

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

The local area managed to stay rather socked in with clouds today, which helped keep temperatures muted. Highs mostly reached the upper 30s to near 40, with some 40s and even 50s close by to the west and southwest. We see more in the way of clear skies heading into the evening, and a windy night followed by a chilly day tomorrow.

Through Tonight: Skies trend clearer through the evening and night, and that helps temperatures dip down as far as near 20 in the favored cold spots to the mid-or-upper 20s downtown. Northwest winds also turn rather unfriendly after dark thanks to the frontal passage, peaking as high as around 20 mph sustained near midnight with gusts to 35 mph or so. Any spots that still have ice on trees may see some additional issues with the wind.


Wind forecast in knots sustained from this afternoon’s hi res NAM for 10 p.m. tonight. (Weatherbell.com)

Tomorrow (Thursday): It’s partly to mostly clear to start, and remaining rather breezy in the morning, though winds tend to wane during the day. Clouds may also noticeably increase again by afternoon, with highs only rising to a range of near 30 to mid-30s. Winds sustained around 10 mph from the north early in the day dwindle to 5-10 mph as time goes.

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Snowmageddon: Let’s start with remembering the epic forecast:


And an early radar loop of the storm from around this time four years ago:


(WeatherTap)

Still a little hard to fathom, no? As we all know… it came to pass:

Map by Kevin Ambrose
Map by Kevin Ambrose

The 17.8 inches (number 4 all time) at National Airport was a good 10 inches less than picked up in northwest D.C., where 27.5 inches was recorded at American University. Dulles came in with an incredible 32.1 inches! Many totals over 2 feet were reported across the area. Here’s the magical radar loop of the entire event, and you can relive it on our blog by checking the archives! Are you missing that kind of snow today or hoping it never returns?

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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