Autumn casts a long shadow by Joe Flood via Flickr (Joe Flood)

*Freeze warning for downtown D.C. and other areas east of the Potomac River from 10 p.m. today through 9 a.m. Sunday*

The temperature at Reagan National Airport actually made it to 50 degrees today, but that essentially was an anomaly, as pretty much everywhere else was stuck in the 40s. Gusty northwest winds made it feel even colder, and while those winds will subside overnight, the real temperature will drop below freezing regionwide for the first time since late March.

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Through tonight: Winds from the northwest will ease as we move through the early evening. High pressure will continue to build overnight, leaving us with clear skies and little wind. That sets the stage for the coldest temperatures of the autumn season so far, with lows ranging from 26 to 30 degrees, even in downtown D.C. Essentially, everywhere from the District to the east will fall below freezing for the first time in over seven months.

View the current weather at The Washington Post.

Tomorrow (Sunday): Quite the chilly start, with most locations starting the day in the upper 20s. We will have plenty of sunshine throughout Sunday, but it won’t be much help. Afternoon highs will only reach the mid to upper 40s with a light south wind at 5 mph. Mostly clear and cold again Sunday night, with lows ranging from the upper 20s to low 30s.

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A bit of frozen history? How’s this for an interesting and useless tidbit of information? Last year, National Airport had its first hard freeze on Nov. 10. If the airport can drop to 32 degrees before midnight tonight, that will mark the first time in the airport’s recorded history that the first hard freeze occurred on the same day in consecutive years.

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