Cherry blossoms still making slow progress. (Joe Flood via Flickr)

Winter just won’t give up. Some clouds moved in today, but we also had a fair amount of sun. But any warmth the sun provided was neutralized by biting wind gusts between 30 and 40 mph. High temperatures in the near-40-to-mid-40s range were a good 10 or more degrees below normal. And it felt even colder with the wind.

It’s normally not this cold in mid-March; 55 is now the average high. The normal low at Dulles is 33, and it’ll be quite a bit colder than that tonight.

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Through tonight: Thicker clouds should tend to dissipate, although we could see high clouds continue to float by. We’re on the cold side again for the date, with lows settling to the mid-20s in the chilliest locations to around freezing in the mildest spots. Winds continue to be sustained at 10 to 20 mph, with gusts to 30 mph. This drops wind chills to near 20-25 downtown and into the teens in our colder suburbs.

Wind chill forecast from high-resolution NAM model at 5 a.m. Thursday.

View the current weather conditions at The Washington Post.

Tomorrow (Thursday): This pattern is relaxing slightly but probably not for long. We’re still in between low pressure and high pressure, although high pressure is exerting a bit more control. Skies are partly cloudy as temperatures rise to near 50, perhaps a bit warmer. Winds are out of the west around 10 to 15 mph, with higher gusts.

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California twist: As California continues to see storminess, a funnel cloud, or waterspout, was observed near San Luis Obispo on Wednesday morning. While it’s not too common to see these in coastal central California, they do tend to happen in the cold season into spring as storm systems come in off the ocean.

This photo was just taken at 11:00 am by a staff member from our baseball fields at the El Chorro County Park in SLO …

Posted by City of San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation Department on Wednesday, March 14, 2018

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