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PM Update: A little snow this weekend, not a lot of impact; California hosing initiated

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‘Twas a typical and tranquil winter day in the D.C. region with highs near 40 after lows in the 20s. The weekend is a little on the unsettled side, with two (maybe even three) opportunities for light snow but little or no accumulation.

Through Tonight: Mostly cloudy and cold – but precipitation-free. Lows range from the low 20s in the colder suburbs to the mid-to-upper 20s downtown. Light winds from the north.

Tomorrow (Saturday): Some light snow may develop mid-to-late morning and continue into the afternoon. Any snow should be light and shouldn’t last long. High temperatures range from 31-35 meaning a little snow could accumulate, but more on grassy areas than roads. The chance of snow is around 40-60 percent, with the highest chances south of town. Winds are from the north around 5-10 mph.

Saturday night: It remains cloudy and we can’t rule out some patchy snow showers or flurries, especially west and northwest of the District. Someone could pick up a dusting overnight. Lows range from 25-30 (suburbs-city). Light winds.

Sunday: Cloudy skies hang in there, with a 40 percent chance of rain and/or snow showers developing in the afternoon (more snow north and west, rain south and east of the District). Highs range from 35-40 with lights winds from the south around 5-10 mph in the afternoon.

See Camden Walker’s forecast through early next week. And if you haven’t already, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter . For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock.

California getting hosed: A parade of weather systems, aka an atmospheric river, is about to drench drought-stricken California. As of Wednesday, 94 percent of the state was classified in moderate to exceptional drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

California drought coverage. Dark red is exceptional drought, red is extreme drought, orange is severe drought, light orange is moderate drought, and yellow indicates abnormally dry conditions. (U.S. Drought Monitor)

The National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center is forecasting 2 to 10 inches of rain for the northern half of the state.

Rain forecast through Monday (National Weather Service)

Yet the incoming rain is just a small fraction of what is needed to end the drought.

“The bottom line is that even though the “storm door is open” it will need to remain open for there to be a significant easing of the drought,” says Jan Null, a consulting meteorologist in San Francisco.

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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