PM Update: Sunshine this weekend, temps somewhat more springlike; North Carolina ice storm


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Throughout the work week temperatures were much cooler than normal.  Time for us to change that.  Saturday bring sunshine and the mercury surges well into the 50s.  A little cold front early Sunday tempers the warm-up but we still make a move towards 50 in the afternoon – just a hair below the seasonal norm (around 53).

Through Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy skies this evening become mostly clear late at night as low pressure off the coast of the Carolinas moves further out to sea.  Lows are chilly, ranging from the mid-20s in the colder suburbs to the low 30s downtown.  Light winds from the north at 5-10 mph.

Tomorrow (Saturday): Sunny skies in the morning followed by some high clouds moving in during the afternoon.  It’s a very pleasant day – relatively speaking – with highs from 54 to 59 (coldest northwest, mildest around the District and south).  A 60-degree reading or two can’t be ruled out, especially south of the District. Winds are from the west at 5-10 mph.

Saturday night: Increasing clouds with a slight (30 percent) chance of rain showers before dawn. Lows range from the mid-30s in our colder suburbs to around 40 downtown. Light winds.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy skies in the morning gradually become mostly sunny.  It’s not quite as mild as Saturday, but not exactly cold by recent standards – with highs around 50. Winds are from the northwest at 10-15 mph.

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A peak at the Washington Monument from the Capitol Grounds Wednesday evening. (Angela N via Flickr)

A peak at the Washington Monument from the Capitol Grounds Wednesday evening. (Angela N via Flickr)

North Carolina ice storm: The winter storm that just missed our region today, brought severe accumulations of ice to parts of the North Carolina piedmont.  North Carolina governor Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency with over 450,000 power outages across the state.  Some of the worst icing and greatest concentration of power outages occurred around Greensboro, NC in Guilford County.  Here are some pictures:

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