Winter is bursting back onto the scene, at least for a few days. The first stages are underway, but we’ll really begin to feel it tonight and especially tomorrow. Before we’re done, some of the coldest weather of the winter is possible (not that it’s saying much).
Through tonight: Skies remain rather cloudy into the evening, but they tend to clear with time. A snow shower or two can’t be ruled out, especially west of here. Northwest winds pick up a bit after dark, gusting to 25 or 30 mph for a time, and then weaken a bit but stay feisty through dawn. Lows range from about 29 to 35 degrees across the area. Wind chills are nearing 20 in the city, and colder north or west.
View the current weather at The Washington Post.
Tomorrow (Friday): Skies are rather sunny in the morning. We could see some clouds build through the day as a little atmospheric disturbance passes. It’s possible that it will spark a few snow showers late in the day, too. Highs are in the mid-30s to around 40. Winds gusting to 35 mph or so out of the northwest add considerable wind chill throughout.
The return of winter (if it was here?): Our coldest maximum temperature is 35 degrees, and the coldest minimum is 22 degrees. If that holds, it would be the warmest winter minimum high on record, besting 34 degrees in the strong El Niño winter of 1997-98. The 22 degrees the city has accomplished for a wintertime low would be the warmest winter low on record as well, surpassing 19 as recently as 2001-02.
The National Weather Service reasonably suggests the low is in play. Some weather models say it could be close for the high as well, but probably less possible. The high temperature forecast is 39 degrees both Friday and Saturday in the District.
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