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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/21/2012

D.C. area forecast: Coldest-feeling, windiest weather we’ve seen this season

* High wind watch Saturday for gusts to 50-60 mph*

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly cloudy, increasingly windy. Shower/flurry possible. 40-47. | Tonight: Cold, blustery. Upper 20s to low 30s. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, windy. 40-46. | Sunday: Mostly sunny, calmer. Mid-to-upper 40s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

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FORECAST IN DETAIL


Hunker down but grab the gloves and scarf if you must venture out this weekend. Winter is going to make itself known over the coming days. There is even a chance of a few flakes for Christmas? While we watch the weather for next week, please stay safe and use caution in those winds (especially if driving) throughout the near-term.

Today (Friday): Can’t you just tell it is our winter solstice this morning? No? Just step outside today. After late-night highs ahead of the front, daytime temperatures struggle to get past the low 40s in many spots, with a few mid-40s possible. Thermometer readings remain relatively steady through much of the day it seems. Winds are at least “blustery” as they constantly blow in the 20 mph range, but gusting even higher—up to 45 mph. There may be a mix of sun and clouds as well, but we’re used to the clouds, right? Even a few isolated showers are possible (15-25% chance) with some flakes maybe mixing in, especially west and northwest of D.C. and moreso as we get towards the evening hours. No accumulation though. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Brrrr. We’ll be battered by winds if venturing outside, gusting from 20 to, perhaps, 40 mph at times. It may even wake you up a couple times tonight, with some of that “whistling” sound possible. Temperatures may end up before dawn bottoming in the upper 20s to lower 30s, but subtract about 10 degrees for wind-chill, if going out late at night. Confidence: Medium-High

For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock. Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Saturday): We could have some dangerous winds gusting from 45 to 55 mph. These are cold, northwesterly winds we aren’t used to (this winter) so please bundle up and be careful if venturing out on the roads. Sun may win out over clouds for the most part, but we will struggle to get into the 40s, perhaps a few spots do see mid-40s, especially south of town. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Clear, and still blustery (30 mph gusts possible) in the evening. Wear those gloves and heavy coat still, even as winds turn into breezes (gusting to 20 mph) after midnight. Low temperatures likely head for the 20s for those outside the Beltway, and lower 30s downtown. Confidence: High

Sunday: A much-deserved respite finally arrives. Skies should have more in the way of sunshine (soak it up!) than clouds AND winds should be much calmer—though maybe not exactly “still air,” per se. But, better! High temperatures are decently average, in the mid-to-upper 40s. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Sunday night should stay relatively clear and calm, luckily. Low temperatures may chill into the 20s region-wide. Even hitting or breaching 30 is possible downtown? Perhaps! Confidence: Low-Medium Confidence: Low-Medium

Christmas Eve (Monday) may have some sunshine, but that should fade into the afternoon as clouds probably increase. High temperatures still get well into the 40s, if we see enough sunshine, but a few higher elevations could be limited to only around 40 degrees. As we get toward sunset—and especially into the evening hours—chances of a few sprinkles or a snow shower become increasingly likely (10% during late afternoon, 30% into the overnight). A few flakes for some ambiance? Hopefully. There’s even a hint at more on a model or two, but too early to buy it much yet. Confidence: Low-Medium

Christmas Day (Tuesday) could see some precipitation particularly early, but it’s hard to say for sure it is cold enough for snow. We don’t have high (20%) chances of precipitation occurring just yet, but it is worth noting this uncertainty could become reality. Just keep it in the back of your mind if travelling. Even if it stays dry, clouds may dominate the sky for the most part and keep high temperatures fairly cool, in the low-to-mid 40s. If we see this potential, WEAK, storm system develop and throw us some moisture, we could hover in the 30s. Confidence: Low

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