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Washington, D.C. can’t buy snow

A storm that might have produced snow in Washington, D.C. Friday is likely to slide by to our south. Simulation from GFS computer model. (

Here are just a few national and international cities, at more southern latitudes, which have received more snow than Washington, D.C. this winter: El Paso (2 inches in early January) , Dallas (thundersnow this morning, 0.3” officially at DFW), Jerusalem (4-6 inches last week), and Tokyo (3 inches yesterday).

By Friday, you might able to add Charlotte to the list as a wound-up upper level disturbance passes to our south perhaps producing some wet snow there. Once again, we likely get shut-out.

Over 1 inch of rain is predicted in the D.C. area between today and 1 p.m. Wednesday. Simulation from NAM model. (

For now, all we’ve got is rain, and lots of it. Since Monday, we’ve received about 0.3-0.45 inches in the region and another inch could fall by Wednesday - the bulk of it tonight.

That’s not a bad thing given a long-standing precipitation deficit dating back to 2012 when 10 of 12 months had below average totals.

But the recent lack of non-liquid precipitation has snow lovers down in the dumps.

“Perhaps a just a little snow this winter, please? Seems like early Spring already,” tweeted @realdove.

A pattern change towards much colder temperatures next week, theoretically, improves the chances for snowfall. But, at least right now, as it turns cold, it appears as if may turn dry.

Wes Junker, our winter weather expert, will weigh in with more details on the long range weather pattern later today.

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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