Snow on the Way?

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    NEWSLETTERS

    The unusually cold air pattern we've seen the past couple of days in the Washington area isn't going away anytime soon.

    And on Thursday, we could add snow to the mix, according to NBC Washington meteorologist Tom Kierein.

    Noon Weather Forecast 12/15/10

    [DC] Noon Weather Forecast 12/15/10
    Get the latest forecast from meteorologist Tom Kierein. (Published Wednesday, Dec 15, 2010)

    A weak area of low pressure will be passing through Virginia south of Washington during the day on Thursday, Kierein said. That will likely spread some light snow through the region in the morning, with occasional light snow during the day.

    How much could we get? Higher accumulations could occur 30-60 miles south of Washington, with accumulation of up to 2 inches. Less is expected in the immediate D.C. area -- perhaps a dusting to an inch.

    The snow could start at dawn south and west of Washington in areas like the Shenandoah Valley and Charlottesville. The snow could arrive in the D.C. area a couple of hours after that.

    Any snow that falls likely will stay around for a while, Kierein said, because there is no immediate break to the pattern of cold air that is racing into our region.

    Another storm system may affect our area on Sunday, Kierein said.

    There is a potential coastal low pressure system developing along the Atlantic Seaboard. It may be close enough to us to spread accumulating snows around our region on Sunday.

    This is still a preliminary outlook on this storm, and the system's track could significantly change one way or another, so keep checking back for more info on this one.


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