Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Chilly Thrills

**Snow Advisory expires 7 PM **


Light snow ending, very cold. Courtesy of some late-season Arctic air and a lingering clipper system, Washington snow lovers were treated to some extra frosting on the end of this year's late-starting winter. Despite seasonally frigid temperatures, accumulations were generally light, except well west of the immediate metro area. National reported 2" at 6pm (0.15" liquid), increasing the season's total by over 20%. Dulles had 1.4" and BWI 0.8". To the west, Frostburg MD had 10", and amounts were as high as 5.5" in Frederick Co. MD.

Today's highs so far were 28° at National, 30° at Dulles, 27° at BWI. National's high was an impressive 25° below the long-term average and only 1° above the lowest recorded maximum for the date.

Following a couple more cold days, more springlike conditions are on tap by the weekend.

Picture of snow at the beach from the Bethany Cam.

Tonight and Tomorrow

Decreasing clouds, cold. Any remaining light snow or flurries will be ending this evening, with clouds decreasing after midnight and lows in the low 20s in town to the upper teens in 'burbland. Tomorrow will be mostly sunny and continued chilly for the season, with highs in the low 40s.

Killer Tornado

It may seem a little out of season, but yesterday was the publication date of "Storm Warning: The Story of a Killer Tornado" by local author and former journalist Nancy Mathis. The book is about the May 3, 1999 Oklahoma City tornado. The author will be presenting a talk at the next meeting of the DC Chapter of the American Meteorological Society at 7pm on Monday, March 19 at the AAAS in Washington. The meeting is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required.

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