Today and tomorrow present a stark change from the rather warm pattern we’ve seen through much of November. High pressure taking hold of the region for much of the upcoming week announces its arrival with a breezy and cold day today, and a less windy but even colder day tomorrow. Other than some clouds and a slight chance of a shower today, there’s plenty of sun in the forecast, and finally that sun starts to warm us back up just in time for Thanksgiving!
Today (Sunday): Temperatures don’t make too much headway today, thanks to the cold front that came through overnight, From early-morning lows near 40 to the low 40s, highs only rise to the upper 40s to near 50. With some upper-level energy to our west and low pressure off the coast, skies may stay partly cloudy through the day. Also can’t rule out a stray sprinkle or light shower. The wind makes it feel even chillier, gusting around 25 mph from the northwest. Confidence: Medium-High
Tonight: We have a decent shot of getting down to or just below the freezing mark downtown tonight, and sub-freezing temperatures are a near certainty in the suburbs, so bundle up! Steady winds continue from the northwest, keeping temperatures from truly plummeting. But with such cold, dry air coming in, overnight lows still drop to the mid-20s to low 30s under clear skies. Confidence: High
Tomorrow (Monday): The holiday week begins with a classic, crisp November day. Winds aren’t as strong, but still add a chill to the air blowing from the northwest at around 10 mph. The bright sun still struggles to warm us up as highs only reach the low-to-mid 40s. Beware of family members shuffling their feet across the carpet in this very dry air mass! Confidence: High
Tomorrow night: As high pressure closes in, we have another chance for a freeze tomorrow night. This time, winds drop after sunset, but we’re dealing with a slightly warmer air mass as the little wind we have shifts more out of the southwest. With clear skies again, the suburbs should have no trouble dropping to the mid-20s to near 30, while inside the Beltway temperatures stay in the low-to-mid 30s. Confidence: Medium-High
Modest warming is in the cards for Tuesday and Wednesday as high pressure centers over the mid-Atlantic, cutting off the flow of cold air. We’re not talking shorts and t-shirts by any means, but with lighter winds and plenty of sun, highs near 50 to the mid-50s should feel fairly nice. Tuesday and Wednesday night remain chilled but not far from normal, with lows mainly in the 30s. Confidence: Medium-High
Thanksgiving looks like it has nice weather in store for us. Winds increase out of the south ahead of a storm in the middle of the country, warming our highs to the mid-50s to low 60s with partly sunny skies. Confidence: Medium