A tiny sparrow braves the winter chill. (Zsja /Zsja(Flickr))

* Wind advisory until 7 p.m. | Wind chill advisory from 10 p.m. Sunday through 11 a.m. Monday *

Howling winds from the northwest sent temperatures tumbling 20 to 25 degrees Sunday, falling below the freezing mark by late this afternoon. Temperatures will continue to free-fall, and the winds will continue cranking, resulting in widespread negative wind-chill values overnight and into tomorrow morning.

Do make sure you bundle up and limit skin exposure should you feel the need to venture outdoors through Monday morning — for example, to see the total lunar eclipse tonight.

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Through Tonight: Tonight will easily be the most frigid night of the winter so far, with bitterly cold temperatures and dangerously low wind-chill values. Around the metro area, low temperatures will range from 8 to 13 degrees. Sustained northwest winds at 20 to 25 mph, with higher gusts, will make it feel much colder. Depending on location, wind-chill values will range from minus-5 to minus-15 degrees.


Forecast wind chill at 8 a.m. Monday from HRRR model.

View the current weather at The Washington Post.

Tomorrow (Monday): The cold and blustery conditions persist through the holiday. Negative wind-chill values will remain in place through the morning. We’ll have plenty of sunshine, but high temperatures will struggle to break out of the low 20s, exacerbated by a bitter wind chill. Winds from the northwest will persist at around 20 mph, with gusts to 30 to 40 mph, meaning wind-chill values do not do better than the single digits even into the afternoon.

Very cold but not as windy tomorrow night. Lows range from 5 to 10 degrees in our colder areas to near 15 downtown. Winds from the northwest at 10 to 15 mph produce wind-chill values from around zero to the single digits.

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Did I mention that it was windy? Did you notice the window-rattling gusts of wind this afternoon? Gusts in the range of 40 to 50 mph were recorded throughout the region (full list). Catholic University even clocked a 51 mph gust. The wind has toppled some trees and, with strong gusts winds persisting for 18 to 24 more hours, a few more could come down.

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