From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Forecast: Sunny, seasonable Sunday makes way for rain or sleet on Christmas Eve

December 23, 2012 - 11:55 AM
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Look for a sunny, seasonably cool and more tranquil day.  Highs in the upper 40s and light southwesterly winds will be in marked contrast to yesterday's cold, blustery conditions.

This Afternoon: Sunny & Seasonable, Less Windy

Highs: 45-50 | Wind: SW 5-10 mph

Tonight: Partly Cloudy & Chilly

Lows: 25-34 | Wind: NW 5 mph

Monday: Mostly Cloudy, Rain/Sleet Possible

Highs: 40-44 | Precipitation: 60% Chance

After a blustery day that drew attention for its bursts of intense wind and testing of the durability of Christmas decorations, today is far more tranquil.  Peak wind gusts on Saturday ranged from 43 mph at Reagan National to 51 mph at Dulles Airport. The daytime high of 45 matched the seasonal norm, but marked the second coldest day in what has been a much warmer than normal month.  High pressure and plenty of sunshine should make for a comfortable Sunday with highs in the upper 40s and light winds from the southwest.

A system moving through the Tennessee Valley will impact our area on Monday with a bit of sleet possible in what otherwise will be a rain event.  Christmas Day will feature a return to high pressure, if just for a day, with sunshine and highs in the upper 40s.  A more potent system from the south will move up the coast on Wednesday, bringing a mixed bag of precipitation to the mid-Atlantic and northeast.  The models suggest mostly rain for the D.C. area, with freezing rain or sleet possible at the outset.  Snow could fall at the higher elevations and closer to the Mason Dixon Line.  Enjoy this pleasant Sunday and your holiday!

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