PM Update: Coldest night of fall coming; sun-filled Friday

‘Twas a cold, raw day - the kind of day you expect to get from time to time in November. Precipitation was mainly limited to along and east of I-95, where some light rain - mixing with sleet and wet snowflakes in isolated cases - dampened the pavement. Temperatures held in the 40s and winds added quite the chill gusting between 20 and 30 mph. Clouds are finally starting to part in the western suburbs, paving the way for a cold, clear night.

Through Tonight: Hope you brought a scarf to work. It might come in handy for the commute home and throughout the evening. Falling temperatures and gusty winds (10-20 mph) make it feel like the 30s. Later at night, as skies become clear and winds subside, temperatures fall further, with lows ranging from the mid-20s in the colder suburbs to the low 30s downtown.

Friday: There’s a ton of sunshine, but temperatures are going to start low and will have a long way to climb to reach “normal” levels in the mid-to-upper 50s. I don’t think they get there; instead, falling 10 degrees short, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s.

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Leonid meteor shower: If you care to brave the cold, clear skies tonight will allow for viewing of Leonid meteor shower’s peak. EarthSky notes the shower should “pick up steam” around midnight, when the constellation Leo rises over the eastern horizon. If the moon weren’t so bright, about 10-15 meteors per hour would be viewable. Even with the moon 58% full, EarthSky says you should still be able to catch a few meteors. Always best to seek a place with minimal light pollution for viewing.

Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.

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