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PM Update: Winter makes a solid return; a cold but calm weekend ahead

Temperatures have tumbled 15 to 20 degrees compared to yesterday to slightly below average levels. And winds gusting from 30-40 mph (some 40-50 mph gusts well north and west of town) have made it feel even colder. Winds gradually settle down, but it remains brisk right on through the weekend.

Through Tonight: While winds diminish, a cold night lies ahead. Under mostly clear skies, lows range from near 20 in the colder suburbs to the mid-to-upper 20s downtown. Winds this evening are from the west at 10-20 mph but wane to about 10 mph towards morning.

The weekend: Cold high pressure hangs around, keeping us in winter’s grip. The weak disturbance we were tracking as a possible snow-producer late Saturday night or early Sunday will pass too far to the south to produce anything but a few clouds. Highs both Saturday and Sunday are in the 35-40 range under partly to mostly sunny skies. There will be a noticeable breeze Saturday (from the west at 10-15 mph), which becomes rather light by Sunday. Saturday night’s lows range from the upper teens in the colder suburbs to the mid-20s downtown.

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.

International Space Station flyover: If you’re up early Saturday morning, you should have a good view of the International Space Station zipping by from southwest to just north of east starting at 6:47 a.m. and lasting 6 minutes.

New 2011 international temperature records: Jeff Masters at Wunderground posts 8 countries set all-time records for heat and one for cold in 2011. Countries setting all-time heat records: Iraq, Armenia, Iran, Kuwait, China, Republic of Congo, Zambia, and The French Southern and Antarctic Lands Territory. Zambia also set an all-time cold record.

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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