Inauguration Weather


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Media General News Service
Published: January 20, 2009

There’s a slight chance of snow in Washington, D.C. today, maybe in time for the inaugural parade.

But probably not.

The National Weather Service says there’s a 30 percent chance for snow flurries in the early afternoon. Partly cloudy skies are expected around noon today, with a temperature of 29 degrees. The wind—which could exceed 20 mph at times—will make it feel like 19 degrees for those who will attend the ceremony or watch it on the Washington Mall.

A storm that dumped as much as 4 inches of snow in the Philadelphia area Monday missed Washington. Another system that is expected to bring snow to parts of North Carolina and Virginia is expected to stay to the south.

Barack Obama has been a lucky man when it comes to the weather—it didn’t rain on his outdoor acceptance speech at the Democratic Convention or at the outdoor celebration of his election in November.

A typical inauguration day sees noon temperatures of about 37 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. But using history as a guide, there’s only a 1 in 20 chance for snow during the inauguration ceremony.


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