This Afternoon: Partly Sunny, Blustery, Snow Showers
Highs: 33-36 | Wind: NW 10-20/G 35 mph
Tonight: Mostly Clear, Cold, Breezy
Lows: 18-25 | Wind: NW 10-20 mph
Monday: Mostly Sunny, Milder, Less Windy
Highs: 40-44 | Wind: WSW 5-10 mph
While there were tantalizing hints of spring on Friday, reminders that it is still winter were abundant yesterday and again today. After a high of 60 on Friday, yesterday barely managed to hit 41 at Reagan National and only reached the upper 30s at BWI Marshall and Dulles. Add in some scattered snow showers and flurries, and Friday's flirtation with spring was just that!
This morning was even chillier than yesterday by nearly 10 degrees and felt colder still with winds gusting to 30 mph. With a strong low pressure system churning just off shore and a high pressure center looming to the west, the resulting pressure gradient is keeping it blustery and very cold this Sunday. Under partly sunny skies, look for highs only in the lower 30s and wind chill values in the teens and 20s. With the nearby low pulling in some moisture, there could also be scattered snow showers throughout the day. Far to the west, there is a Winter Weather Advisory for the Potomac Highlands until 5 PM with 2 to 4 inches of snow possible.
The winds will abate only slightly overnight, but Presidents' Day promises to be calmer and more comfortable. Along with winds switching direction to the southwest and dropping to only 5 to 10 mph, temperatures will rise to near 40 tomorrow and skies should be mostly sunny. While not quite spring-like, these chilly days still sport higher sun angles and increased daylight hours and thus remind us that the vernal equinox will arrive soon enough. Hurry March 20th! Enjoy your Sunday.