PM Update: Very cold tonight, but quieter weather through Thursday; snowy February

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

It was another day of morning snow giving way to afternoon sunshine. That sun is pretty strong now, so most of us have seen a good deal of melting despite highs only reaching the mid-to-upper 30s. If you’re hoping for a respite from our return to winter, you’re not going to be getting one anytime soon. We’re back to mid-winter type lows tonight, and we’ve got another day of highs mainly in the 30s tomorrow.

Through Tonight: With some fresh snow hanging around, and colder air overhead, plan on a chilled evening and a very cold overnight. Mostly clear skies promote plentiful radiational cooling, and a slackening wind will aid that process as well. Lows may fall into the lower teens in the cold spots, while probably dipping closer to 20 downtown. Winds that remain gusty from the north and northwest early this evening calm down to about 5 mph or less as we get into the night.

Tomorrow (Thursday): Other than being mainly clear, and warmer than what’s to come on Friday, we’re facing another day that forgot where we sit on the calendar. Highs make a run for the mid-30s to near 40, but winds should whip through much of the day. They’ll be out of the northwest, peaking around 20 mph sustained during the afternoon. So, some gusts past 30 mph seem a good bet. Wind chills? Probably mainly in the teens and 20s, with single digits possible early.

Wind chill forecast for 1 p.m. Thursday from today's morning run of the GFS (Weatherbell.com)

Wind chill forecast for 1 p.m. Thursday from today’s morning run of the GFS (Weatherbell.com)

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Snowy February: With today’s 1″ snowfall pushing D.C. past 11″ for the month (11.2″ to be exact), February 2014 now falls into the top-25 snowiest Februaries on record at number 21. Just looking at the current measurement location of Reagan National Airport (DCA), it’s the 12th snowiest since the mid-1940s. The total is also almost two times the average of 5.7″ for the month. Of course, DCA is usually one of the least snowy locations in the area, though it did do quite well with both yesterday and today’s snow events. Further west, Dulles has picked up 16.3″ during the month as of today.

Today’s snow: The timelapse video below of Wednesday morning’s snow captures the intersection of Florida Avenue NW, 18th Street NW and U Street NW from 6:20 a.m. to 7:50 a.m.

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