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Cold tonight in D.C; flurries possible for Friday morning commute

January 5, 2011 - 02:35 PM
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ABC 7 Meteorologist Alex Liggitt | Twitter: @alexliggitt

Tonight: Partly Cloudy, Cold | Lows: 20-30

Thursday: Partly Sunny, Chilly | Highs: Low 40s

Friday: Mostly Cloudy, Morning Flurries | Highs: Upper 30s

An area of low pressure has moved over the southeast today remaining well south of our area and leaving us dry with highs in the lower 40s. Tonight, a few added clouds will stream in with lows in the 20s in the suburbs to near 30 degrees inside the Beltway. Thursday will feature partly sunny skies with highs again in the lower 40s.

An upper-level low will set up over the Great Lakes on Friday and Saturday and a few disturbances will spin around it and over the mid-Atlantic. These disturbances will bring the chance for flurries or light snow showers for Friday morning's commute and again through the day on Saturday. At this time, we think there may be enough snow Friday morning for a few slick spots, but no accumulations of more than a dusting are expected.

One of our local models does put out an inch closer to Baltimore and over the Eastern Shore, but shows only a couple tenths of an inch locally. We will keep you updated as the latest guidance and actual system approaches the area.

Highs on Friday should be in the upper 30s and much of the snow that does fall should melt, but be sure to allow extra time in your commute just in case.

The weekend ahead will feature colder temperatures in the mid to upper 30s under partly cloudy skies. A few flurries may be possible on Saturday as well as a second weak disturbance tracks around the low.

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