Diminishing winds and increasing amounts of sunshine will make for a far more comfortable end to the weekend. After wind chills in the 20s on Saturday, look for highs near 50 today.
This Afternoon: Sunny & Milder, Much Less Windy
Highs: 47-52 | Wind: NW 5-10
Tonight: Clear Skies, Chilly
Lows: 28-25 | Wind: S 5-10
Monday: Sunny & Breezy, Warming Up
Highs: 58-63 | Wind: SW 10-15/G 25
After plenty of huffing and puffing yesterday, February is ending its final weekend on a much calmer note. Peak wind gusts in the 40 to 50 mph range on Saturday, combined with snow squalls and wind chill temperatures in the upper 20s made for a decidedly wintry day. But with the strong low making its way farther to the northeast and high pressure in place for us in the midatlantic, look for winds to subside to a far more reasonable 5 to 10 mph range. And with more sunshine today, the near 50 degree high will feel noticeably milder compared to yesterday's big chill. After a clear and cold night, Monday promises yet more sunshine, southerly breezes, and highs back toward the springlike 60s.
With no snow expected through Wednesday, it looks as though February's snowfall tally this year will be a paltry 0.3 inches. That is actually not that different from last year's 0.5 inches or 2009's 0.1 inch. Of course, 2010's February was the notorious Snowmageddon month when 32.1 inches buried the region. Since March's typical snowfall amount in Washington is 1.3 inches and the month has been known to produce late season storms - notably, 5.5 inches in 2009 and 8.7 inches in 1999 - it is too soon to close the books on winter - much as we might want to! Enjoy your Sunday.