From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Forecast: Not quite balmy before frigid air arrives on Tuesday

January 19, 2014 - 10:55 AM
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Look for a mostly sunny, breezy, and somewhat milder day although wind chill will still be a factor.  Daytime highs should reach the mid 40s.

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This Afternoon:
Mostly Sunny, Breezy, Chilly
Highs: 40-46
Wind: S 10-15 /G 25 mph
Partly Cloudy & Cold
Lows: 24-30
Wind: SW 5
Mostly Sunny & Milder
Highs: 45-51
Wind: SW 5-10 mph

There were a few flurries this morning and it started out colder than yesterday, but today's prospects are better than Saturday's when daytime highs were only in the 20s.  With yet another breezy day at hand, wind chill will still be a factor.  But with those winds, now shifted to the southwest, the temperatures are expected to rise to the low to mid 40s by this afternoon. 

With our southerly flow continuing into Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, even slightly milder conditions are likely tomorrow with some areas hitting the 50 degree mark.  But the not quite balmy reprieve will end there!  Another in a series of the recent clipper systems will cross the area on Monday night bringing with it much colder air and the possibility of snow on Tuesday.  Daytime highs in the 20s and nighttime lows in the teens will be with us through Thursday with just a slight uptick to the 30s and 20s, respectively, at week's end.  As this coming week will prove, it's not for nothing that January is statistically Washington's coldest month!  Enjoy the rest of the relatively mild weekend and then bundle up!

NOTE: January's average temperature is 36 degrees, colder than February's 39 and December's 40.  February is the slightly snowier month however with an average snowfall of 5.7 inches versus January's 5.6.  December is far back in the snow pack with an average of just 2.3 inches. 

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