From the ABC 7 Weather team

Afternoon analysis on the fog and ice and outlook for the week

January 23, 2012 - 03:24 PM
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After a dismal and dreary day, dense fog may be possible tonight. What about the rest of the week?

Generally a trace of ice was reported from last night into this morning across the D.C. area after a bit of a wintry weekend. With 1.8 inches of snow now in the record books at Reagan National Airport, D.C is now 4.8 inches below normal for the year and I don't really see any big snow making potential in the coming days. Today we had to worry about some morning freezing drizzle and rain as well as the fog. This was a problem because of the cold air damming which has kept our area in the 30s today. Here's more on today's weather  and the next few days in the latest afternoon analysis.


Main weather concerns the next few days: Right off the bat, we are watching for some serious fog potential tonight. With plenty of moisture available, light winds and clearing skies from the west, fog may be a big issue tonight into tomorrow morning. It does appear that it will clear out by the late morning hours tomorrow. Beyond that, the next system that brings rain to the region will move through Thursday into Friday. There is the slight chance that some of this precipitation could begin as freezing rain or sleet before it changes over after sunrise. There is little confidence in this as of right now but the potential is there, so keep that in the back of your head.

Looking ahead: After the fog, Tuesday and Wednesday look nice with plenty of sunshine. Mild temperatures will be the case Tuesday in the mid 50s and seasonal temperatures will return Wednesday with highs in the mid 40s. Rain looks to be the story Thursday into Friday morning but so do mild temperatures again in the 50s. The weekend ahead looks A LOT nicer than this past weekend, with highs around 50 Saturday, but back into the 40s on Sunday.

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