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PM Update: Snow and rain showers possible Tuesday; warmest Winter Olympics ever

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It was a chilly one today, mostly because of the wind, and the fact it was quite warm recently. Otherwise, not too far from normal this time of year. However, it’s just the beginning of our return to winter. You’ll definitely feel it tonight if you’re out thanks to temperatures plummeting into the 20s most spots. Some mood flakes tomorrow as well?

Through Tonight: We start off mostly clear, but the trend is cloudier as we get deeper into the night. It’s a cold one throughout, with lows reaching as far as near 20 in the coldest of spots to the upper 20s downtown. Reminder: D.C.’s average low rose to 33 degrees today, so 20s is cold… Good news is that winds die off a lot compared to today, perhaps even becoming close to calm late night.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): A minor wave of precipitation tries to push over the mountains around sunrise, lasting perhaps until midday before tapering. Initially, any precipitation that falls (50% chance) should be snow, likely of a light or showery nature. As we get further past sunrise, rain showers may mix in, especially I-95 and east. The odds of anything substantial from this are very low, but a coating or so is possible, mainly north and west. Skies should start to clear in the afternoon, with highs reaching the upper 30s to lower 40s most spots.

Related: Light snow chances Tuesday and Wednesday mornings

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Winter Olympics weather and climatology since 1952. (Matt Lanza)

Warmest Olympics ever: The Sochi games are in the books, and all in all it went off without major problems. Perhaps unsurprisingly — given Sochi has the warmest climate of any host city since 1952 — the average temperature of 48.9 degrees ended up the warmest officially recorded during any modern Winter Olympics. Matt Lanza put together a great look at Sochi temperature averages compared to host cities of the past, noting that every Olympics since 1994 has featured a warmer climate than the prior one. Additionally, Cory Mottice highlights some of the specific temperatures seen during the two weeks of the 2014 Winter Olympics, which included four consecutive days of 60 degrees or higher.

Ian Livingston is a forecaster/photographer and information lead for the Capital Weather Gang. By day, Ian is a defense and national security researcher at a D.C. think tank.
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