From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Forecast: Bright & Brrr: A sunny, but very cold Christmas

December 25, 2013 - 11:45 AM
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Look for plenty of sunshine on this Christmas Day, but very little warmth.  High temperatures will struggle to rise above the freezing point.

This Afternoon:
Sunny & Cold
Highs: 30-35
Wind: S 5 mph
Tonight:
Mostly Clear & Cold
Lows: 18-27
Wind: S 5 mph
Thursday:
Mostly Sunny, Not Quite as Cold
Highs: 41-44
Wind: S 5-10 mph

It's a bright rather than a white Christmas in Washington! The lack of snow notwithstanding, the clear skies and cold temperatures certainly make it feel like Christmas!  After a balmy stretch of 60 and 70 degree days, the mercury is struggling to reach the freezing point today.  This could, in fact, be the coldest day this month of December.  Sunny skies will prevail for our holiday, but there will be very little warmth as wind chill values will hover in the 20s.  The lack of moisture in the air - the dew points have dropped from the 60s over the weekend to the single digits today - will contribute to the chill in the air.  Tonight will see a continuation of the cold, but a shift in the winds to the south will make for a somewhat milder Day After Christmas: highs tomorrow should reach the low to mid 40s.

The snow showers yesterday afternoon gave us fleeting hope for a white Christmas, but it  was not to be.  As has been our wont since records started in 1884, the chances for a white Christmas in DC are very low.  Snow on Christmas Day? It's happened only 10 times in all those years, making for just an 8% chance.  If you count snow on the ground from previous days, our odds improve, but only slightly.  19 such days raise our "white" odds to 15%.  Our most recent snowy Christmases were in 2002 and 1993, both of which tallied well less than an inch.  Bundle up and enjoy your bright Christmas! 

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