From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Weather Forecast: Arctic air pushing into the region

January 21, 2013 - 03:44 PM
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Tuesday may experience some of the coldest air since 2011.

Tonight: Partly Cloudy, Windy and COLD

Lows: Teens to Low 20s | Wind: NW 10-20+ m.p.h.

Tuesday: Mostly Sunny, COLD and Windy

Highs: 20s | Wind: NW 10-20 m.p.h.

Wednesday: Partly Sunny, PM Flurries Possible

Highs: Upper 20s | Wind: NW 8-12 m.p.h.

The weather turned out just fine today for the masses gathered in Washington for inaugural activities. The sunny skies of the afternoon will become partly cloudy tonight as a potent, arctic cold front crosses our area. The air ahead of the leading edge of the bitter blast is quite dry and there is no sign of anything more than some flurries in spots when the front arrives. Winds will noticeably increase and temperatures will noticeably drop later tonight.

Temperatures as of 3pm Monday

By early morning, strong gusty winds and temperatures falling into the teens in most areas (lower 20s downtown) will drive wind chill values into the single digits. The polar plunge will be felt all day tomorrow despite the sunny skies. It will be windy with highs only recovering to the lower to middle 20s and wind chills in the single digits, at times.

Wednesday will be sunny and breezy with highs in the middle and upper 20s. Temperatures will struggle to reach 30 degrees on Thursday and right around the freezing mark on Friday. Friday weather needs to be monitored. Right now there is a chance an area of low pressure and following cold front could produce a widespread wintry mix across the entire area. Stay tuned for updates during the week.

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