From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Forecast: A blustery, cold start to the weekend, but a calmer and milder finish

February 9, 2013 - 11:47 AM
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Look for a blustery and cold start to the weekend with wind gusts to 30 mph and wind chill values in the 20s.  Sunday will be less windy and a bit milder with highs in the mid 40s.

This Afternoon:  Sunny, Windy, & Cold

Highs: 37-40 | Wind: NW 15-25/G 35

Tonight: Clear, Cold, Diminishing Winds

Lows: 18-26 | Wind: NW 5-10

Sunday: Partly Sunny, Not as Cold, Late Rain/Sleet

Highs: 44-47 | Wind: S 5-10

It is a cold and blustery day in the Nation's Capital with winds gusting over 30 mph and wind chill values in the 20s.  The proximity of the nor'easter now swirling through New England is responsible for the high winds which will continue for much of today.  A Wind Advisory expired early this morning, but strong northwesterly winds will continue; the Advisory criterion is winds of 45-55 mph.  There will be plenty of sunshine as the day goes on, but expect little warmth.  Daytime highs in the upper 30s will feel at least 10-15 degrees colder due to the winds. 

Those winds will begin to diminish tonight as the storm system moves farther to the northeast.  Sunday will be a much calmer day with southerly winds and highs in the mid 40s.  Partly sunny skies will give way to increasing amounts of late day cloudiness and the chance of rain and/or sleet and freezing rain in the overnight hours.  Monday could start out with that mix of frozen precipitation before turning to all rain.

As the Northeast battles today's snowstorm, it is a reminder of our own vulnerability to February storms, specifically Presidents' Day storms.  Many DC residents can remember well the two Presidents' Day snowstorms of 1979 and 2003 that dropped 18.7" and 16.7" of snow, respectively, at Reagan National.  Enjoy your windy, but snow-free February Saturday!

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