From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Forecast: A breezy & unseasonably chilly start to March

March 2, 2013 - 12:05 PM
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Look for a mostly cloudy, chilly, and breezy start to the weekend with highs today onloy near 40.  Sunday will be a bit sunnier, but still windy and unseasonably cool in the lower 40s.

This Afternoon: Mostly Cloudy, Chilly, Breezy, Flurries

Highs: 38-42 | Wind: NW 10-15/G 25 mph

Tonight: Partly Cloudy & Cold, Few Flurries

Lows: 26-33 | Wind: NW 5-10 mph

Sunday: Partly Sunny, Windy, Chilly

Highs: 40-44 | Wind: NW 15-20/G 30 mph

After a colder than normal February, this new month of March is continuing to give us the cold shoulder.  With the average high now 51 degrees, we face a chilly weekend of readings only in the lower 40s.  A northwesterly flow of winds that could gust up to 30 mph will heighten the chill both today and tomorrow.  Mostly cloudy skies today will yield to a bit more sunshine on Sunday, but the brisk winds will make any warmth illusory.

The unseasonable chill won't be budging any time soon as a deep dip in the jet stream will be bringing cold air as far south as Florida for much of the coming week.  And with a storm now in the Pacific projected to move toward the southeast, some models are showing the low pressure system forming into a storm that might threaten the mid-Atlantic by midweek.  It is too soon to tell is the yet-to-form storm will pass out to sea or bring us a mix of rain and snow on Wednesday. 

So while there will be few meteorological clues this coming week that spring is nigh, the calendar still shows March 20th as the first day of the new season!  Enjoy your weekend.

NOTE: If the snow does fall moderately on Wednesday, it could be the most snow DC has tallied since January 26th, 2011 when we had a 5.0" snowfall.  And while snow is not a rarity in March - it snowed 4.5" on this date just 4 years ago - the average amount is a mere 1.3".  The snowiest March was almost 100 years ago when 19 inches fell in DC in 1914.

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