From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Forecast: Sunny & mild today, wintry by Tuesday

November 10, 2013 - 12:30 PM
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Look for a sunny, but windy day with highs near 60 and wind gusts to 30 mph.  Veterans'  Day will again be comfortably cool, but an arctic blast arrives Tuesday.

This Afternoon:
Sunny, Windy, & Cool
Highs: 60-65
Wind: W 10-20/G 30 mph
Tonight:
Clear & Cold
Lows: 30-37
Wind: W 10-15 mph
Monday:
Mostly Sunny, Cool, & Breezy
Highs: 54=59
Wind: SW 10-15 mph

It is surprisingly and wonderfully warm at midday on this Sunday with temperatures in the 60s.  As a cold front prepares to move through this afternoon, look for winds to pick up substantially with gusts as high as 30 mph.  Some stratus clouds will appear and temperatures will start to fall into the 50s. The winds will abate some tonight, but it will be cold as radiational cooling could drop readings into the low to mid 30s.  Veterans' Day should be similar to today, if not quite as breezy.  Highs will again be near 60 under mostly sunny skies.

But after two days of seasonably mild weather, arctic air will make for a rude awakening on Tuesday.  Late Monday, a second cold front will arrive bringing an early taste of winter.  Rain and snow showers could fall into Tuesday afternoon as highs rise only to the low 40s and nighttime lows drop into the 20s.  After yet another atypically cold day on Wednesday, temperatures will begin to moderate late in the week with highs on Friday and Saturday rising to the mid to upper 50s.  It will be time to thaw out after an early blast from Old Man Winter!

NOTE: Tomorrow will be the 26th anniversary of the infamous Veterans' Day snowstorm on 1987.  While the day before was a balmy 60 degrees, that Monday saw a forecast of rain quickly change to one of rapidly accumulating snow.  When the flakes finally stopped falling late that night, almost a foot had fallen at National Airport and nearly 17 inches in Prince George's County.  It was the most snow ever to fall in November in DC history.

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