From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Weather Forecast: Cold week to start, but spring-like by the weekend

December 17, 2013 - 09:42 AM
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A temperature roller coaster this week.  Something for the likes of everyone.

This Afternoon:
Mostly cloudy, a passing sprinkle/flurry possible
Highs: Low to mid 40s
Wind: South becoming West 5-10 mph
Precip tapering off, partly cloudy and breezy
Lows: Upper 20s to low 30s downtown
Wind: NW 5-15 mph
Partly cloudy, breezy, and chilly
Highs: Upper 30s to around 40 degrees
Wind: NW 10-20 mph

An Alberta clipper will slide through later today and will provide a chance for a few passing flurries/sprinkles.  Any and all precip will be light and will not accumulate.  Winds will shift out of the NW later tonight allowing for cooler temperatures to settle in.  Highs tomorrow will, once again, be below average (near 40 degrees Wednesday - average 46°).  Factor in brisk NW winds and it will fee even chillier.  The cold snap will be short lived, as high pressure develops over the southeast.  Strong southerly winds will help draw in warmer air for the end of the work week and weekend.  In fact, highs may reach the mid 60s by Sunday. 

As a cold front approaches this weekend, a few showers will be possible both Saturday and Sunday; however, precipitation looks to be relatively light.  Sunday holds a better chance for rain.  Overall, it should be a good weekend for last minute holiday shopping and outdoor decorating.  Saturday also marks the start of astronomical winter.  The winter solstice occurs at 12:11pm. 

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