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PM Update: Winter blows in right on time; very windy Saturday

Through today, all but two days this month have been warmer than normal. But once it officially became winter early this morning, temperatures dropped as if mother nature hit a switch. Strong winds and even a few snowflakes have accompanied the chill. Blustery weather continues Saturday, before winds relent Sunday.

Through Tonight: A few snow flurries or snow showers are possible (20-30 percent chance) especially west and northwest of the beltway this evening with no accumulation. It’s windy and cold, with lows from the upper 20s in the colder suburbs to the low 30s downtown. With winds from the west at 15-20 mph, and gusts 25-30 mph, it feels like the teens and 20s.

Saturday: Windy is the word. In fact, gusts may reach 50 mph in the 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. timeframe, prompting a wind advisory. It’s cold too, with highs 39-44, and wind chills in the 30s at best. Once again, a stray snow flurry can’t be ruled out though skies are generally partly sunny.

Saturday night and Sunday: It’s very cold Saturday night and still windy (particularly in the evening at 15-25 mph, gusting to 35 mph), but winds gradually relax (to near 10 mph by morning). Lows range from 23-29 (suburbs-city) with wind chills in the teens and 20s. Sunday is mostly sunny and not so windy, with highs in the mid-40s. Winds are from the southwest at 10-15 mph.

See Camden Walker’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.

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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