From the ABC 7 Weather team

Washington D.C. Forecast: Arctic Air Heading This Way

November 22, 2013 - 10:07 PM
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The coldest air of the season will be here by Sunday and hang around through the start of next week. Already there are questions about Thanksgiving holiday travel as an area of low pressure looks to affect the east coast.

Tonight:
Mostly Cloudy, Isolated Showers, Cooling Late
Lows: Mid 30s to Mid 40s
Wind: NW 10-20 m.p.h.
Saturday:
Partly Sunny, Breezy and Cool
Highs: Around 50
Wind: NW 10-20 m.p.h.
Sunday:
Partly Sunny, COLD and Breezy
Highs: Mid to Upper 30s
Wind Chill: 20s

Scattered showers will end the cold front approac passes across our area. Winds are starting to pick up. Skies will begin to clear during the overnight. Tomorrow will be partly sunny and breezy and cooler. But the colder air, much colder air, will arrive late Saturday night and Sunday as a the leading edge of the Arctic Air Mass arrives. There will be plenty of sunshine on Sunday buy winds will be very gusty and the temperatures will feel like it is the middle of winter. High temperatures on Sunday will only reach the middle 30s and the persistent wind will keep wind chill temperatures in the 20s, all day long. Sunny and cold weather continues into Monday.

Related Blog: Thanksgiving holiday travel concerns

And then….computer models are starting to come into better agreement regarding the possible development of a coastal low pressure system bringing a cold rain into our area late Tuesday through Wednesday…just in time for the busiest travel day of the year. There is a chance there could be a few snowflakes mixed with the rain at times. The farther west and north you are from Washington…the better the chances for snow mixing in. And if you are in the higher elevations of MD, PA, VA and WV there could be accumulating snow.

PLEASE take with a grain of salt any social media hyping of this scenario. Yes…there is a small chance of more than a rain/snow mix for the immediate I-95 corridor BUT it is not likely and way too soon to forecast anyway. But there will be those who will try to make more out of it than what anyone could possibly know at this point, 4 to 5 days out. We are all over it!

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