From the ABC 7 Weather team

A chilly Sunday, but milder by midweek

December 11, 2011 - 10:23 AM
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Plenty of sunshine, but not much warmth today as temperatures hover in the low 40s.  It's the first real chill of a winter that's been slow to assert itself!  

This Afternoon: Sunny & Cold

Highs: 42-45 | Wind: N 5 mph

Tonight: Clear Skies, Cold

Lows: 22-31 | Wind: Calm

Monday: Sunny, Still Quite Chilly

Highs: 44-48 | Wind: SE 5 mph

Temperatures dipped below freezing this Sunday morning as this warmer-than-normal December starts to chill out!  Cumberland fell to 19, it was 21 at Dulles, and Reagan National fell below freezing - to 29 - for the first time since back on March 3rd.  As cold as it is - and today could be the coldest day of the month thus far - it is not bitterly so since winds are negligible.  Under a ridge of high pressure, today will feature sunny skies and highs reaching only the lower 40s.  Clear skies again tonight will make for ideal radiational cooling with temperatures plummeting back into the 20s.  The sunshine will continue for the next few days, but the cold temperatures will moderate with highs moving from the upper 40s on Monday and Tuesday to the low to mid 50s by Thursday and Friday.  A storm now in the Pacific could bring some showers by Friday, but otherwise little precipitation is expected for the near future.  Enjoy the crisp, cold air, these sunny days, and -  thanks to the full moon - these very bright  nights!

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