PM Update: Cloudier into Thursday, still cold; severe winter hurting economy

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Other than some high clouds at times, and even with temperatures remaining below normal, today was a nice one compared to what we’ve seen lately. That strong March sun did a number on the snow as well! Be gone, I say. Clouds tend to increase overnight, and Thursday features plenty of gray.

Through Tonight: We should see stars to start the night, but clouds tend to increase especially once we get past midnight. It’s another cold one. Lows make the upper teens to low 20s most spots — maybe mid-20s downtown. Winds kick up too, blowing out of the north around 15 mph, with higher gusts late night. Wind chills in the single digits to teens are likely.

Tomorrow (Thursday): Wind chills still hurt in the morning, so bundle up. Clouds probably rule most of the day, yet we could see breaks from time to time, with morning perhaps favored. Winds are gustiest early, blowing around 10-15 mph sustained from the north, and easing to around 5-10 mph late. Thanks to all those clouds, temperatures struggle to get past the low-to-mid 30s. Meh.

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A cold and snowy March 5th morning at the Capitol. (USCapitol via Flickr)

Winter hitting pocketbooks… From flight disruptions to slow job growth and high electrical demand, this winter is costing a lot of people a lot of money. Jobs data since December has been slower than expected, and many are blaming it on the continuous barrage of wintry weather across the country. Manufacturing was particularly hard hit in cities like Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago (all seeing very high snowfall numbers and unusually cold weather).

Related: North America and U.S. about as frozen as ever so late in winter


Snow totals across the country through March 3. (NWS MARFC)

If you’ve traveled by air since December began, there’s a good chance you got caught up in one of the 1 million estimated flight delays or cancellations. Costs for flight related losses range from $2.5 to $5 billion! Heating and electricity bills have also been a shock to many throughout the eastern two thirds of the country. If hoping for a respite, there’s not a lot of good news on the horizon just yet despite the brief warm up expected by this weekend:


Mid-to-long range guidance suggests more cold air in the eastern U.S. and warmer air out west. (Penn State)
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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