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PM Update: Winds settle down, remaining chilly

Our wind-chilled day notwithstanding, temperatures still averaged on the warm side of normal (due to lows only in the 30s). Amazingly, only two days this December have had below average temperatures. Friday may be one of the rare cooler than normal days this month, but diminishing winds will take an edge off the chill.

Through Tonight: The wind advisory has been lifted and winds slowly continue to slacken overnight. But, if you’re out this evening, the combination of temperatures falling through the 30s and the breeze - still gusting over 20 mph at times - will make it feel like the 20s. Overnight lows range from the low-to-mid 20s in the colder suburbs to 28-31 in the District.

Friday: Mostly sunny in the morning with some high clouds streaming in during the afternoon ahead of our possible snowmaker. It’s seasonably cold with highs in the upper 30s to low 40s. Winds are from the northwest at 5-10 mph.

See David Streit’s 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.

Peak wind gusts today: Fortunately, wind gusts did not reach the 50 mph levels mentioned in the earlier wind advisory. But gusts reached 37 mph at Reagan National Airport, 43 mph at BWI, and 40 mph at Dulles.

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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