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Milder, wetter weather en route

December 18, 2011 - 12:11 PM
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After an exceptionally chilly Saturday, look for similar temperatures today, but a bit  less wind chill and a bit more sunshine.

This Afternoon: Turning Partly Sunny, Still Chilly

Highs: 41-45 | Wind: NW 5-10 mph

Tonight: Mostly Clear & Cold

Lows: 28-34 | Wind: Calm/S 5 mph

Monday: Mostly Sunny & A Bit Milder, Breezy

Highs: 48-52 | Wind: SW 10-15 mph

If you'd been thinking that this winter hasn't been all that bad, yesterday was a dose of cold reality. Under mostly cloudy skies and with chilly winds out of the northwest, the mercury struggled to make 43 degrees at Reagan National; that reading tied the day with December 11th as the coldest day of the month to date.   Wind chill values in the 30s and some scattered snow flurres made for a decidedly wintry day.  With the clipper system responsible for the flurries moving out, today is expected to become increasing sunny and less windy.  Temperatures will not improve much from Saturday, but it will be a more comfortable day.  The arrival of high pressure today will be a short-lived stay as Monday's sunny skies gradually yield to clouds.  A system in the southwest that is currently bringing snow to the plains states will bring the threat of showers late Tuesday into Wednesday.  Temperatures will moderate however, with highs on Monday through Friday expected in the low to mid 50s.  More showers are likely at week's end and slightly cooler readings.

NOTE: Last year at this time we'd just had a 1.5 inch snowfall and temperatures were in the 30s.  The year before that in 2009, we were about to have a snowstorm that dumped 15 inches on the Nation's Capital.  So comparatively speaking, the flurries and chilly 40s of this weekend are pretty easy to take!  Enjoy your Sunday.  

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