“Stay golden, Judiciary Square” in Northwest D.C. on Nov. 9. (chasingmailboxes via Flickr.)

* Freeze Watch from Friday evening through Saturday morning *

A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

3/10: If you have the day off to observe Veterans Day, you may want to stay cozy inside. Shocking wind chills!


Today: Sunny but blustery. Bundle up. Highs: Around 40 to mid-40s.
Tonight: Hard freeze. Decreasing breeze. Lows: Mid-teens to mid-20s (upper in city?).
Veterans Day: Slowly increasing clouds. Calmer. Highs: Around 40 to mid-40s.
Sunday: Mix of clouds and sun. Highs: Mid-40s to around 50.

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Dress for winter! Our high temperatures today and tomorrow may hover around the year’s coldest average high temperatures of January. Too soon?! After today, we have a couple of frigid nights ahead as well. Goodbye, growing season. Our temperatures moderate a bit Sunday, and even more so next week.

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Today (Friday): Any warmth from sunny skies is quickly negated by north-northwesterly winds between 15 and 25 mph with some gusts above 35 mph possible. Cold air whooshing into our region keeps us about 20 degrees below normal, with high temperatures around 40 to perhaps mid-40s. Wind chills in the 20s at times. Hello, winter! Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Hard freeze coming in, and the end of the growing season for the region. Clear skies and slackening northerly breezes set the stage for quickly dropping temperatures bottoming out in the low 20s to perhaps near 30 downtown. (Note: Reagan National’s record of 26 degrees has a chance to be challenged! Better odds at other local stations.) Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Veterans Day): It’s just about as cold as today, but much less breeze to speak of — the air could be nearly calm by afternoon, but clouds slowly increase at the same time. This helps stifle high temperatures in the range of around 40 to mid-40s. Our bodies should very slowly be adapting to these January conditions, at least. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Another freeze. Just to make sure nothing is left growing. Pre-dawn low temperatures may get as cold as the mid-20s outside of the Beltway, with mid-30s looking more likely downtown. There are some clouds, but some stars should still be visible as well. Confidence: Medium


Sunday: Some high-level clouds may filter and mute the sun, especially during the morning hours. I don’t want to overpromise on the sunshine, but at this time it doesn’t look completely gray, either. High temperatures, benefiting from slight south-southeasterly breezes, should be able to get into the mid-40s to around 50. Stay tuned. Confidence: Low-Medium

Sunday night: Thanks to some cloud cover, temperatures likely stay above the freezing mark overnight. Shower chances start to increase toward midnight. Low temperatures should be held in the mid-30s to low 40s. Even this slight chance of cold raindrops . . . yuck. Confidence: Low-Medium

Milder, fairly bright conditions should dominate Monday and Tuesday as it appears now; however, a quick batch of rain or a few showers cannot be completely ruled out just yet, particularly Monday morning. So far, any rain would appear to be brief and want to move in and out quickly. Both days may aim for around 50 degrees into the mid-50s, but stay tuned for tweaks in the forecast as we get closer. Confidence: Low-Medium