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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/03/2012

Forecast: Frigid front of week; warmer by weekend

9 a.m. update: Like yesterday, a few flurries or light snow showers have been seen mainly north and west of the District. We might see a few more, especially in Frederick, Howard, western Montgomery, Fauquier and Loudoun counties during the day.

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A real taste of winter is visiting our city to remind us how lucky we have been so far this season. While the thermometer is forecast to reach the 30s today, it frequently feels like the 20s due to annoying breezy to gusty conditions. Winds gradually slow down tonight into tomorrow. And fortunately, this first frigid weather of the winter stays for a short spell before a warming trend returns late this week into at least the weekend.

Snow Potential Index: 0 (↓) - We finally have some cold, but no big weather-making storm systems threaten our area into the next week.
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Today (Tuesday): A combination of approaching cold high pressure and a big storm system departing eastern Canada brings a blustery day. Mixed cloud cover offers us partly sunny skies with very chilly conditions. Highs are in the low-to-mid 30s; but winds from the northwest at 15-25 mph with gusts up to or above 30 mph keep wind chill conditions frequently in the 20s. Confidence: High

Tonight: Skies should become mostly clear with winds slowly calming down (still around 5-10 mph). Temperatures are forecast to reach the coldest levels of the season so far with middle teens in the outer suburbs and upper teens to low 20s inside the Beltway. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Partly to mostly cloudy, light winds (thankfully), and still cold temperatures ranging from the low-to-mid 30s. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: Clouds hang around and combined with some light breezes from the southwest, temperatures should not get as cold. Lows range from the mid-to-upper 20s. Confidence: Medium-High


Thursday starts the recovery process with partly to mostly sunny skies and highs reaching back into the low-to-mid 40s. Mostly clear Thursday night as lows dip to the middle 20s in the outer suburbs to near 30 in the city. Confidence: Medium

Friday also finds partly to mostly sunny skies, but with temperatures reaching up a bit higher. Expect upper 40s to low 50s. Partly cloudy skies Friday night along with a milder air mass keep lows only in the low-to-mid 30s. Confidence: Medium

The weekend weather picture includes a warm Saturday under partly sunny skies. Most areas should see middle 50s, but there is a chance temperatures could creep up a few more degrees. Lows Saturday night with partly cloudy skies are in the 30s to near 40. Sunday trends a bit colder with partly cloudy skies and a 30% chance of a morning shower. But highs in the upper 40s to maybe low 50s are still warmer-than-normal. Confidence: Low-Medium

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