From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Forecast: Chilly start to the MLK weekend, mild finish

January 18, 2014 - 10:55 AM
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Look for a mostly sunny, but decidedly chilly day with highs around the freezing point and wind chills in the teens.

Photo: The Associated Press
This Afternoon:
Mostly Sunny, Windy, & Cold
Highs: 32-35
Wind: W 10-15/G 25 mph
Turning Mostly Cloudy, Cold
Lows: 19-26
Wind: W 5-10 mph
AM Snow Showers, PM Pt. Sunny, Breezy
Highs: 42-46
Wind: W 10-15 mph

The big chill is coming back!  The scattered snow showers and brisk winds this morning are the first signs that changes are nigh.  After seven straight days of above average temperatures, today is decidedly colder with highs likely to do no better than the freezing point and wind chill readings in the teens as winds gust to 25 mph.  A clipper system is blustering  through quickly and giving us a mostly sunny day under high pressure.  But look for clouds to increase overnight as yet another clipper system approaches from the Midwest.  Since it  too will have little moisture associated with it and will follow a slightly different trajectory than today's, just scattered snow flurries are expected early on Sunday.  Thereafter, look for sunny skies to return and highs to be a bit milder as they rise to the lower 40s.  MLK Day promises to be the best of the holiday weekend with mostly sunny skies and highs near 50. 

 The thaw will be brief, however, as bitterly cold Arctic air returns late Monday through Wednesday.  Look for daytime highs in the 20s, and nighttime lows in the teens.  Shades of the recently departed Polar Vortex as our frigid winter continues!  Enjoy the weekend.

NOTE: Snowfall tallies this morning range from a trace at Reagan National, to 1.2 inches at Hagerstown, 0.3" at Dulles Airport, and  0.1 " at Sykesville in Howard County. 

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