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D.C. area forecast: Thankfully sunny and dry for a few days but oh so chilly

Today’s Daily Digit

A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 1 to 10.

Cold blustery conditions are not to my liking, but you gotta give points for sun, turkey, stuffing, and gravy!

Express Forecast

Today: Sunny but windy. Highs: 34-38.

Tonight: Clear and calm. Lows: 21-27.

Tomorrow: Sunny, light breeze. Highs: 38-42.


Wind Chill Map

Wind chills: Latest D.C. area wind chills. See more maps on our Weather Wall.

As noted yesterday, this promises to be one of the coldest Thanksgiving days on record. But at least the drenching today is just the sun. In fact, it is likely to stay on the dry side through the weekend, so shoppers should be off and running. It is hard to believe that our normal high is still in the lower 50s as we will not be near that over the next few days.

Thanksgiving Day (Thursday): The day looks great…from indoors with the sun back in full control. However, the winds are still perky, coming out of the west at 10-15 mph. That translates into sub-freezing wind chills all day long as highs are mainly in the mid-30s.  Confidence: High

Tonight: The stars come out in full force and check out a very bright Venus beaming in the western sky. Get back in quickly though, as temperatures hastily fall below freezing and lows end up near 20 in colder spots and mid-20s elsewhere. Confidence: High

For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock. Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend…

Tomorrow (Friday): Temperatures continue to struggle as we are underneath one, big, chilly Arctic high. Readings peak in the upper 30s to lower 40s despite persistent sunshine and light winds from the south. All you frenzied shoppers better be bundled up! Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: The evening sees another quick drop to freezing under mainly clear skies. Lows again fall to the low-to-mid 20s. Confidence: High


Saturday brings little improvement to the weather scene with highs mainly in the lower 40s since clouds become more prevalent as the day wears on. Breezes are light but outerwear should be heavy. Overnight lows fall to the upper 20s to lower 30s.  Confidence: Medium-High

Snow Potential Index

A daily assessment of the potential for at least ~1″ of snow in the next week, on a 0-10 scale.

1 (→) Odds stacked against it, but little system around next Tues bears casual watching.

Sunday has a touch more warmth to offer with highs reaching the mid-40s in most of the area. Skies could start the day out fairly sunny but high clouds could build in by afternoon blurring the sunshine. Overnight lows hold mainly in the low-to-mid 30s as clouds are likely to increase. Confidence: Medium-High

Monday should be a generally cloudy day as a weak disturbance passes to our south. While unlikely to push enough moisture up our way, it is worthy of a 20% chance for a light shower this far out. Highs should be mainly in the mid-40s. Confidence: Medium

David Streit grew up on a farm/ranch in Nebraska. Witness to severe weather of all varieties focused his career path. Degrees from the universities of Nebraska and Wisconsin prepared him to be a forecaster for Capital Weather Gang as well as his day job as COO of Commodity Weather Group.
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