The Lincoln Memorial at night. (C Buoscio/Flickr)

Gusty winds out of the northwest made Thursday’s temperatures in the low and mid-50s feel cooler than the nearly 10 degrees above normal they were. Winds that peaked in the afternoon only slowly diminish through Friday. And at the same time much colder temperatures take over, so you’ll certainly feel the change.

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Through tonight: There could be a quick evening snow shower, mainly over northern Md. Into the night, the few clouds that were in our skies Thursday will tend to diminish. Northwest winds continue to blow around 20 mph through the night, after some decrease in the evening. Gusts past 30 mph are common. Wind chills will dip to the teens and 20s overnight.

View the current weather at The Washington Post.

Tomorrow (Friday): It will be nearly wall-to-wall sunshine. Good news, because winter will be back! High temperatures will only reach the upper 30s and lower 40s, while humidity will plummet. Keep the lip balm handy. Winds will be out of the northwest around 10 to 20 mph, decreasing through the day. Wind chills will remain a good 10 degrees or more below the temperature.

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Winter?! The latest tree pollen count was MODERATE at 76.36 grains/cubic meter.

“Over the last 22 years we have not seen a daily tree count this high in January, owing primarily to the early arrival of the cedar/cypress/juniper family member pollen,” wrote Susan Kosisky, a microbiologist and director of the U.S. Army Centralized Allergen Extract Lab. She went on to note that, “tree counts this high are generally not seen until we get closer to the 2nd or 3rd week in February.”

Through Wednesday, Washington was 10.5 degrees above normal for the month. The coming cool-down should quiet this early hint of spring for a while.

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