PM Update: Staying breezy and chilly; freeze watch north and west Thursday night

Temperature Map

Temperatures: Latest D.C. area temperature map. See interactive map on our Weather Wall.

Behind yesterday’s cold front, it’s almost like we jumped ahead a few weeks on the calendar. Highs mainly in the mid-and-upper 50s felt chillier than actual, thanks to persistent and gusty winds from the north and northwest. We’ve got a cold night ahead. Tomorrow night is even colder.

Through Tonight: A breezy and chilly evening as temperatures head into the 40s pretty quick. It’s the coldest night of the season (soon we’ll stop saying that!) ahead tonight, with much of the region dipping into the 30s for lows. A range from about 34-40 seems a good target, though winds and any remnant clouds may keep temps up a notch. A sneaky spot may try for freezing, but frost potential should be somewhat limited by winds.

Tomorrow (Thursday): Another chilled and breezy day is on tap. We should at least see a little more sunshine than we did today. But, periods of cloudiness are possible as well. Highs rise to the low-and-mid 50s. Northwest winds around 15 mph keep a bit of a wind chill factor in play.

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Raw minimum temperatures for Friday morning as predicted by the high resolution NAM. These raw forecasts tend to run a little cold but can also end up verifying. (Weatherbell.com)

Raw minimum modeled temperature values for Friday morning as predicted by the high resolution NAM. (Weatherbell.com)

Freeze watch Thursday night: We drop temperatures back a bit more tomorrow night as winds relax and cold air remains entrenched. Ideal cooling conditions. The National Weather Service has put up a freeze watch for late Thursday night and into Friday morning for locations generally north and west of I-95, not including D.C. (see map). Current guidance suggests many suburbs in that region will at least flirt with freezing and maybe drop a little below. (Related: When’s the normal first freeze?)

If I made a point forecast for Friday morning lows based on current guidance for DCA, IAD, and BWI it would look like this: 38 (DCA), 32 (IAD), and 33 (BWI). Any other guesses?

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