Some lingering upper-level energy has kept us pretty cloudy through the “peak heating” of the midday and into the afternoon, but skies are breaking a bit now, and they should clear out into the evening and overnight. Temperatures that got up to near 50 are just a smidge cooler than averages in the low 50s, but a gusty breeze made it feel cooler than that at times. Still, not so bad...
Through Tonight: It’s chilly, increasingly clear and decreasingly windy. Though, those breezes will stay up enough to notice much of the night as they blow around 10 mph sustained. Plan on lows near freezing in the suburbs to the mid-or-upper 30s downtown.
Tomorrow (Thursday): With the “cold pool” aloft moving away we should see considerably more sunshine tomorrow compared to today. But temperatures won’t be that much warmer. Expect mainly lower 50s for highs. Winds decrease even more, and they might not be blowing much at all by late day.
Late freeze: Pretty much everyone in the area has seen a number of freezes at this point, but National Airport is still hanging on without one and is now falling well behind average. As it’s unlikely we get there tonight, especially before midnight, we’re now into somewhat unusual territory. Only nine years before this one have seen the first freeze in December (though three came in the 2000-09 period). The latest National has seen its first freeze? December 22. We probably won’t make it that long this year.