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PM Update: Next up, Friday’s round of fluffy snowflakes

After awakening to about one inch of snow, temperatures failed to surpass freezing for the third straight day...the longest such streak since January 22-24, 2011. We’ll tack on a fourth straight day tomorrow (for the first time since Feb 5-8, 2007), and perhaps close the day with another inch of snow - just in time for the commute home.

Through Tonight: Partly cloudy skies early this evening become mostly cloudy late at night. Lows range from the mid-teens in the colder suburbs to near 20 downtown. Brutally cold winds early this evening from the north around 20 mph decrease to near 10 mph late at night. Wind chills dip into the single digits.

Friday: Cloudy with areas of light snow developing between 2 and 5 p.m. and continuing through rush hour. Snow and rush hour don’t go well together so plan accordingly. Highs range from 25-30, with winds becoming out of the south at around 5-10 mph.

Areas of snow continue into the evening, tapering off between 8 and 11 p.m. Total snow accumulations are most likely between a dusting and a couple of inches.

More information on Friday snow prospects

We’ll have an update on projected amounts between 10 and 11 p.m. tonight.

See David Streit’s forecast through the weekend. And if you haven’t already, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock.

Chesapeake Bay effect snow: A strong wind blowing Arctic air down the length of the Chesapeake Bay produced Bay-effect snow around Virginia Beach today. Links: Satellite/radar loop; satellite analysis

Snow rollers: Learn about literally thousands of giant naturally-made snowballs that formed in open areas of Vermont: Mother Nature puts a new twist on Vt. snow

Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.
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