Temperatures today have only reached into the lower 50s in the District and Baltimore thanks to clouds, spotty showers and a northwest breeze. Not only are these temperatures 20 degrees below the average high in the lower 70s, but could fall in the record range of the coldest high temperature for October 2nd. The record coldest highs for the day are as follows: DCA: 52/1939, IAD: 54/1974 and BWI: 53/1939.
Visible satellite imagery showing clouds socked in across the Mid-Atlantic (Photo courtesy of NOAA)
Not only has it been cold, but Old Man Winter paid a visit to the Allegheny Mountains 150 miles to the west of the District overnight. Snow accumulated a few inches at Snow Shoe Mountain, W.Va., with 1.2 inches in Philipsburg, Pa., 1.0 inches in Ebensburg, Pa., and 0.7 inches at Laurel Summit, Pa. This was the earliest in the season accumulating snow has ever been recorded in the Pennsylvania Laurel Highlands!
If you want to think warm thoughts, just remember back two months ago. Reagan National had a record high of 100 degrees on August 1, 2011 and climbed to a record 104 degrees just three days prior on July 29. This was not only a record for the day, but just two degrees behind the all-time record high at Reagan National of 106 degrees, set on August 6, 1918 and July 20, 1930.
Stay warm and stay tuned to ABC7 and WTOP Radio for the latest forecasts!