From the ABC 7 Weather team

Weekend winter storm looks like it will miss D.C.

December 17, 2010 - 01:45 PM
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Sunday's outlook (NWS: Hydrometeorological Prediction Center)

Sunday will be the anniversary of last December's first massive snow dump. In case you weren't around, here's a highlights reel:

• 16.3 inches of snow fell at Reagan airport in one day, an average winter's worth of snow for this region.

• Washington, D.C. declared a snow emergency; West Virginia mobilized the National Guard; Loudoun County decided to simply shut down its schools until January.

• More than a thousand snow-shovelers cleared about 25 millions pounds of snow from FedEx Field so the Redskins could play the Giants. (And lose, 45-12. Shouldn't have bothered.)

So. What's going on with that coastal snowstorm that we said might hit us around Sunday?

Good things, actually. From what our ABC7 weather team can tell this afternoon, it should stay far enough away to not cause any real problems for us.

“The [predictions for the] weekend system really fell apart and [the storm] is tracking farther to the east in all the models,” says meteorologist Alex Liggitt. “On Sunday, it should stay off the coast. At the most we might have a few flurries well southeast of town, mainly over the Eastern Shore.”

Liggitt and his fellow meteorologists have been tracking the storm since it was an energy mass spinning from the Pacific across the country. In the Gulf of Mexico, it is developing into a low-pressure zone, which at first looked threatening because there is no high-pressure zone to the north of it to help it recurve to the north.

However, a high-pressure area is moving in to the west of the storm, which will help push it out into the Atlantic. The storm should ride up the shores of Georgia and the Carolinas and be far enough out to sea when it passes D.C. this weekend to only make things quiet, cloudy and cold for us.

“Dull and gray – if you're into that, it's going to be a great weekend,” says Liggitt.

Of course, if that changes we'll be sure to update this page.

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