From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Forecast: After a sunny & cool Sunday, a bitterly cold week ahead

January 20, 2013 - 11:50 AM
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Look for plenty of sunshine for the rest of the day and highs in the mid 50s, but dropping temperatures and gusty winds toward sunset.

This Afternoon: Mostly Sunny, Breezy, Cooler

Highs: 52-56 | Wind: SW 10-20+/ NW

Tonight: Partly Cloudy & Cold

Lows: 23-32 | Wind: NW 5-10 mph

Monday: Mostly Cloudy, PM Snow Showers

Highs: 40-44 | Snow: 50% Chance

Our charmed weather lives this winter continue this weekend with mostly sunny skies and above average temperatures.  The mercury reached 54 at Reagan National on Saturday and reached 56 at Dulles.  Saturday's southerly breezes will last through much of today with highs again around 55.  A cold front passing through the area and shifting winds to the northwest will however make it feel a bit cooler than yesterday. 

Appearances and comfort levels to the contrary, winter is still here and is about to give us a brutal reminder of the same.  Inauguration Day will feature mostly cloudy skies in the morning and daytime highs near the seasonal norm of 43.  A frontal passage however will make snow showers and snow squalls possible in the afternoon and evening hours.  A dusting of snow could result.  Thereafter, the week will turn bitterly cold with arctic air poised to move in later Monday night.  With gusty winds, dew points dropping below zero, and daytime highs only in the 20s, Tuesday could be the coldest day in two years.  It is also possible that the temperature will not rise above freezing until Thursday or Friday.  A low pressure center could bring some wintry precipitation to the area on Friday into Saturday.  So after a long wait, the season is about to be validated in a very chilly way!  Enjoy your Sunday. 

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