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PM Update: Clear, cold into Wednesday; killer cyclone Cleopatra in Sardinia

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Today’s sunshine failed to take an edge off the chill, thanks to persistent breezes from the northwest gusting to about 30 mph. Highs around 50 felt closer to 40. Winds fade overnight and the sun is back tomorrow, but a wintry air mass holds temperatures well below normal.

Through Tonight: Diminishing winds (good for tonight’s rocket launch viewable from the region) and cold. Under clear skies, lows range from the low-to-mid 20s in the colder suburbs to 30-32 downtown. Winds from the northwest around 10-15 mph this evening drop below 5 mph by dawn. Sky conditions should favor a shot at spotting comet ISON in the southeast sky (with binoculars or a telescope) prior to sunrise.

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Sunny but chilly. High temperatures are actually a shade cooler than today, only reaching the upper 40s. But with winds from the north at just 5-10 mph, it doesn’t feel quite as cold.

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Sunrise this morning at the Tidal Basin (Pablo Benavente via Flickr)

Sardinia storm: The BBC reports at least 18 people are dead after a strong storm – named Cleopatra – swept across the Italian island of Sardinia.

Excerpts from the BBC article:

Sardinian Governor Ugo Cappellacci told Italian TV that the situation on the island was “dramatic”.

Meanwhile Olbia Mayor Gianni Giovanelli was quoted by Sky TG24 as saying that the city had been hit by an “apocalyptic”‘ storm.

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The BBC Weather Centre says the flooding was caused by a deep area of low pressure that has been sitting over the Mediterranean, bringing sustained heavy rain.

Video: Sardinia surveys damage after cyclone

The death toll continues to rise after a cyclone ravaged the Italian island of Sardinia Tuesday. (REUTERS)
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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