Updated Storm Team 4 forecast 7:03 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9
The storm system which brought a heavy, wet snow to a lot of the higher elevations west and north of Washington continues to fall apart and lift out of the area. We benefitted from a lot of dry air and partial sunshine on Tuesday afternoon helping to dry out some of the roadways, especially the main ones, but a refreeze will be on the way for overnight, especially on untreated surfaces and on secondary roads. With lows just below freezing, many of the treatments will be very effective, but only on the treated areas. Patchy hazardous spots can be anticipated.
This system was the first part of a big arctic weather outbreak heading our way. Winds will pick up late tonight bringing in colder, blustery conditions Wednesday. Lots of instability will mean periods of flurries Tuesday night and Wednesday. Even though Wednesday’s high temperatures will be similar to Tuesday’s, there will be much more wind chill, making it feel colder. After we drop below freezing Wednesday night, the heart of the arctic air will be plunging toward us for the weekend. It is unlikely we will be above freezing again until next week. Wind chills will also be bitterly cold through the Valentine’s Day weekend.
TUESDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Brisk and cold. Lots of ice, especially on untreated surfaces. A few scattered flurries.
Lows: upper 20s to near 30.
WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy. Brisk and cold. Scattered flurries.
Highs: mid to upper 30s.
Winds: W 10-15mph
THURSDAY: Mostly sunny but blustery and very cold.
Highs: near 30. Wind Chills in the single digits and teens.
FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy. Cold.
Highs: upper 20s to lower 30s.
Today’s observed high at Washington-Reagan National: 40. Observed low: 36.
Snowfall today: Trace
Rainfall + Snowmelt: 0.22”
THE WASHINGTON NATIONAL DC CLIMATE NORMALS FOR TOMORROW
NORMAL RECORD YEAR
MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE (F) 46 68 1960
MINIMUM TEMPERATURE (F) 30 -8 1899
SUNRISE AND SUNSET
FEBRUARY 9 2016……SUNRISE 707 AM EST SUNSET 538 PM EST
FEBRUARY 10 2016……SUNRISE 706 AM EST SUNSET 539 PM EST
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