This Afternoon: Mostly Sunny & Cool
Highs: 48-52 | Wind: NW 5-10 mph
Tonight: Partly Cloudy, Chilly
Lows: 33-39 | Wind: SE 5 mph
Monday: Partly Sunny, A Bit Milder
Highs: 50-56 | Wind: SE 5-10 mph
After winter's early wallop, today will be far more less dramatic but still unseasonably chilly. Yesterday's 42 degree "high" at Reagan National made for the lowest maximum ever recorded on October 29th. Indeed, Saturday was the coldest day we've had since way back on March 31st. It was a record setting day all across the region as the trace amounts of snow at Reagan and BWI Marshall tied the records for the date. And at Dulles, the 0.6 inches was the first time snow had ever fallen on October 29th since records were started back in 1962. While most of the close-in metro region tallied just trace amounts of snow, nearby Winchester has 5 inches, Myersville in Frederick County had 4 inches, and places in the Alleghenies like Grant County, West Virginia, recorded 14 inches of heavy, wet snow.
After scraping your windshield this morning and checking to see which if any of your outdoors plants survived the cold and ice, look for conditions to improve. The freeze warning has expired and the sun is slowly beginning to moderate the very chilly air that greeted the Marine Corps Marathoners. Look for highs this afternoon in the upper 40s to near 50, well below the seasonal norm of 64. The coming week should be mostly dry - although there is a slight chance of showers Monday night for the Halloween crowd - with daytime highs in the mid to upper 50s. It'll be a good chance to thaw out and remember that it is still Fall! Enjoy your Sunday.