From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Forecast: A cold & blustery Saturday, then calmer & less chilly on Sunday

December 22, 2012 - 12:32 PM
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A High Wind Advisory is in effect until 5 p.m. today as sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph could gust as high as 50 mph.  Wind chills in the 20s and 30s will make the daytime high in the low 40s feel much colder.

This Afternoon: Mostly Sunny, Chilly & Very Windy,

Highs: 40-45 | Wind: NW 20-30/G 55 mph

Tonight: Cold & Breezy

Lows: 25-32 | Wind: W 15-20/G 30 mph

Sunday: Sunny, Chilly, Less Windy

Highs: 44-49 | Wind: SW 5-10 mph

Winds are gusting to 30 mph and above this Saturday with the prospect of even higher gusts later this afternoon. A blustery day is on tap with a High Wind Advisory in effect until 5 p.m. this afternoon. Sustained winds in the 20-30 mph range and gusts as high as 50 mph are making for a challenging day.  Toppled trees and power outages are possibilities; drivers of high profile vehicles should exercise caution. 

The close proximity of a low pressure system to our north, the one bringing wintry weather to areas as nearby as Western Maryland, and high pressure to our south is setting up the strong wind gradient.  As the storm moves offshore tonight and high pressure builds into our area, Sunday promises to be a much calmer day and not as cold.  Wind chill values today will be in the 20s and 30s although the actual high will likely be in the low to mid 40s. Sunday should feel more comfortable as winds shift to the southwest at just 5 to10 mph and the mercury rises to the upper 40s.  Batten down the hatches, bundle up and enjoy your Saturday!

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