D.C. area forecast: Burst of cold air Tuesday, season’s first snowflakes?

November 11, 2013

Today’s Daily Digit

A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 1 to 10.

7
A little chilly, but plenty of sun and less wind. A salute to the Veterans.

Express Forecast

Today: Partly to mostly sunny. Highs: 55-60.

Tonight: Becoming cloudy, rain/snow shower chance towards morning. Lows: 33-38.

Tomorrow: Blustery, cold. Chance of snow flurries. Highs: 38-43.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Temperature Map

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

After a pleasant enough Monday, winter delivers a premature and harsh blow.  A very strong cold front blasts through the region early Tuesday with unseasonably chilly temperatures and the opportunity for some conversational snow flurries.  The cold snap is fairly short-lived, with temperatures slowly rebounding Thursday and returning to normal by the weekend.

Today (Monday): Compared to Sunday, it’s several degrees cooler but not nearly as windy.  We begin the day mostly sunny with some mid-to-high level clouds sneaking in during the afternoon.  Highs range from 55-60 with light winds from the southwest at around 10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Clouds increase and the Arctic fronts blows through the region in the pre-dawn hours.  Behind it, rain and/or snow showers are possible, especially by around dawn (50 percent chance).  Lows are mostly in the mid-to-upper 30s. Confidence: Medium

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Tomorrow (Tuesday): Breezy and surprisingly cold  (somewhat of a shock to the system), with scattered snow flurries and showers (40 percent chance), especially in the morning.  Any snow may briefly reduce visibility in spots (best chance west and northwest of the District) but shouldn’t stick.  Skies are variably cloudy, with partial sunshine at times in the afternoon but a flurry or two still possible.  Highs are only in the upper 30s to low 40s, with winds from northwest and then north at 10-20 mph. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Clearing skies and very cold…the coldest night of the season thus far. Lows range from mid-20s in the colder suburbs to near 30 downtown. Reagan National should finally record its first freeze. Winds are from the north at around 10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Wednesday and Thursday are both mostly sunny but colder than normal.  Highs Wednesday are only in the low 40s (normal is still near 60!), while they moderate to the mid-to-upper 40s by Thursday.  Overnight lows are in the 20s to near 30. Confidence: Medium-High

By Friday and, especially, Saturday, temperatures are closing in on normal under partly sunny skies.  Highs range from 50-54 Friday and 54-58 Saturday. Lows Friday night are in the 30s under partly cloudy skies. Confidence: Medium

On Saturday night and Sunday, a weather system may try to approach from the south, bringing clouds and a 30-50 percent chance of rain showers (odds highest Sunday afternoon, lowest Saturday night).  Lows are in the 40s, with highs in the 50s. Confidence: Low-Medium

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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