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PM Update: A frigid wind and a few flakes tonight; not quite as cold Wednesday

Scattered snow showers fell hard enough to dust a few spots in the region, but there was no escaping the cold. Winds gusting to 30-40 mph with subfreezing air temperatures held wind chills in the teens much of the day. A few snow flurries/showers remain possible into this evening as the most bitter conditions grip the region. Wednesday is partly cloudy with a slightly less biting cold and, yes, the chance of some flurries.

Through Tonight: A few snow flurries and snow showers are possible but should wind down after 6-8 p.m. As cold as temperatures are, any snow may freeze on road surfaces, so use caution if it’s snowing for any part of your commute.

We may see some clearing late at night, likely sufficient for viewing the Quadrantids meteor shower between 3 and 5 a.m. But it’s brutally cold, with lows from the mid-teens in the colder suburbs to low 20s downtown. Winds will only partly diminish, meaning wind chills as cold as the single digits at times.

Wednesday: We should have some sunshine in the morning hours, but clouds may increase as another disturbance ripples though in the afternoon. And, yes, a snow flurry or two can’t be ruled out. It’s still cold and still breezy, but not as bad as today, with highs in the mid-30s. Winds are from the west at 10-15 mph, with a few higher gusts.

See Matt Rogers’ forecast through the weekend. And if you haven’t already, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock.

Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.


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