Today, we’ve continued to endure an early taste of winter chill. This season preview is not quite over, as we’ll probably experience another sub-50-degree day tomorrow. Showers enter the area late tonight and try to stick around through the morning rush hour, but at least the sun will make a return in the afternoon.
Through Tonight: Mostly cloudy skies prevail into the evening and overnight hours, with temperatures dropping into the mid-to-upper 30s for most of us. As a more concentrated area of precipitation moves in late tonight, our far northern and western suburbs, where lows will be closer to freezing, could see rain mix with sleet at times. It should be all rain for the rest of us, and amounts will be fairly light. Winds are 5 mph or less out of the northeast.
View the current weather conditions at The Washington Post.
Tomorrow (Monday): Light rain should linger through much of the morning rush, but will quickly move out by midmorning. Clouds will start to decrease thereafter and, by early afternoon, skies should be partly-to-mostly sunny. Highs remain stubbornly chilly, however, only reaching the upper 40s to maybe 50.
Cold Start to November, Then What? Through the first-half of this month (Nov. 15), the District’s average temperature will be colder than normal. Over the past 20 years (since 1998), there have been seven other Nov. 1-15 periods in which the District posted below-normal temperatures. How did the last-half of November (16-30) turn out in these years? Four years (2002, 2012, 2013, and 2014) had warmer-than-normal temperatures, while three years (1998, 2004, and 2010) featured colder-than-normal temperatures. That’s hardly a signal, so let’s end with this remark: long-range models show greater odds for a below-normal temperature pattern continuing into at least part of the back-half of November.
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