If you've been outside yet today, you know how chilly it has been thus far. However, patience is a virtue - temperatures will rise to more pleasant levels by Wednesday.
- It snowed on Saturday in the mountains. (NWS)
Put away those explosive-headed arrows! Sure, archery bear-hunting season began in Virginia on Saturday, but 1) it is illegal to use any arrows tipped with toxic, drugged, or detonating substances, and 2) the weather will be warming up again, so stocking the winter freezer with unctuous bear meat can wait.
Sunday's low temperature in the mid-40s was more than 10 degrees below average, and the max temperature of 52 degrees tied with Oct. 2, 1939, as the coldest high for that date in D.C. It was so chilly that rain hardened to snow in mountainous Pendleton County, W.Va., three hours west of the city. By 9:40 p.m. Saturday there was 1 inch of squishy powder on the ground. This blog's favorite snow hogger, Bayard County, also received a trace of white, as you can see in the NWS snow-accumulation map above.
This is what Saturday looked like if you lived in Tazewell, Va., located right next to Blacksburg. The wintry landscape was so stunning that the videographer apparently forgot to right the camera:
Sad to say, the deep chill won't be cutting out of the region on Monday. An upper low hovering above the Chesapeake Bay will continue to squirt gobs of cool, gray weather our way. Highs will probably be in the depressive mid-50s and showers are likely to pop up all around the Beltway, particularly in the afternoon. Here's the latest on Monday's weather.
But pay attention to the extended forecast: The high for Tuesday could be 10 degrees warmer, probably even more, as a ridge of high pressure jumps into the ring with a folding chair and knocks this troublesome low all the way to New Jersey and beyond. And on Wednesday, temperatures could be at 70 again. So don't go on a stocking-cap-buying binge yet; there's still warmth to be drawn from the rapidly cooling corpse of 2011's summer.