From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Forecast: Coldest air since last April is headed to town

October 6, 2012 - 12:03 PM
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Our October summer is about to end as a strong cold front will bring rain and an unaccustomed chill to the region.  Look for highs today in the upper 70s, but only near 50 on Sunday.

This Afternoon: Mostly Sunny, Windy, Turning Colder

Highs: 75-79 | Wind: SW/NW 10-15+

Tonight: Late Showers Possible

Lows: 40-49 | Wind: NW 10-15

Sunday: Rain, Much Colder

Highs: 47-52 | Rain: 80%

Our charmed weather lives are about to end as the coldest air since last April is headed for Washington.  The first five days of October have been undeniably balmy with highs each day in the 70s and 80s.  But an approaching cold front will send temperatures plunging from a daytime high today in the mid to upper 70s to barely 50 on Sunday.  Look for partly to mostly sunny skies for the rest of the day as little moisture is associated ith the front.  Winds however coulgust to 25 mph. 

 Cloudy will develop late tonight as a low pressure center moves along the front.  The likelihood of showers will increase and is a near certainly on Sunday.  Thereafter sky conditions will improve on Columbus Day, but the chilly air will moderate only slightly to the upper 50s.  Tuesday and Wednesday will be a bit milder as highs in the mid to upper 60s are expected.  NOTE: With snow falling in the upper Midwest, it is a reminder that the Washington area recorded its earliest measurable snow on Columbus Day, 1979.  1.3 inches fell at Dulles and 0.3 inches at Reagan National and BWI Marshall Airports.  The snow on the fall leaves made for an arresting sight and a very chilly day! 

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