From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. forecast: much colder, PM showers and flakes

December 16, 2011 - 06:15 AM
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An area of low pressure to the south of the D.C. metro will bring light rain mixing with snow later today and into this evening.

This Afternoon: Cold and Breezy, Showers Late w/ Light Snow

Temperatures: 48°-52° | Wind: NW 15-25 mph plus, diminishing

Overnight: Rain Showers w/ Light Snow Ending

Lows: 28°-35° | Wind: WNW 5-10 mph

Saturday: Mostly Sunny and Chilly

Highs: 42°-47° | Wind: NW 10-15 mph

A cold front will continue to move away from the area during the morning hours allowing for a sudden drop in temperatures and blustery winds. Gusts may top 30 miles per hours before diminishing by afternoon. Highs were around midnight, so afternoon temperatures will be in the upper 40s to lower 50s.

Area of low pressure will develop to the south of us and quickly race toward the northeast. Clouds will increase during the day with a chance for light rain late in the afternoon and into the evening hours.

Some light rain may mix or switch over to entirely snow, with the best chances being south of the District and in the mountains. Some of the higher ridge tops may see up to one-inch of snow.  With ground temperatures still very warm, no accumulation is expected in the District of immediate surrounding counties.

The weekend will be quiet, dry and cool with highs in the 40s.

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