Autumn colors at the Tidal Basin in Washington on Thursday. (Tim Brown/Flickr)

Highs only made the low and mid-40s on Friday. Add in the constantly gusty breeze, and it felt like 30s for much of the day, after a morning of wind chills in the 20s. To top it off, some snow flurries blew through the area because of some spillover from the Great Lakes. It was certainly feeling like winter, and that’s the case through Saturday before a small, brief warm-up into early next week. Just remember, more cold looms after that.

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Through Tonight: Most spots are falling through the 30s in the hours after sunset, with winds dying off a bit. As skies turn clear and winds continue to slacken through the night, it’s a great recipe for cooling. Some suburbs could spend a good nine to 12 hours below freezing as lows settle to the mid-20s, with some lower 20s possible as well. Even the city should get a couple of hours below freezing, with readings heading for near 30 or into the upper 20s.


Forecast lows tonight from the National Weather Service.

Although many suburbs have already had a freeze, this is likely Washington’s first of the season, and it’s about 10 days early per the last 30-year average of Nov. 18.

View the current weather at The Washington Post.

Tomorrow (Saturday): With a frozen start, it will be another day with temperatures well below normal. The plus side is that winds will be down from Friday. Under very sunny skies, highs will head mainly for the mid-40s. Winds will be out of the northwest around 5 to 10 mph, with a few higher gusts.

Sunday: Morning lows will range from near freezing through the upper 30s. This warmer starting point is a signal for the day as highs head well into the mid-50s, with perhaps some upper 50s. Aside from a few clouds floating by, skies will again be largely sunny.

Monday: It will be milder yet on Veterans Day. Morning lows will range from the near-40 to mid-40s zone, and temperatures will soar all the way to near or a bit above 60 in most spots. Skies should remain partly to mostly sunny, although some increase in clouds is possible later as an Arctic cold front begins its approach.

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