From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Weather Forecast: Bitter Cold Now, Not For Long

January 7, 2014 - 11:20 AM
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Coldest day in two decades, but warmer days ahead.

This Afternoon:
Clear and cold, blustery
Highs: 6-16 degrees
Wind Chill: +5 to -15 degrees
Tonight:
Mainly clear and still cold, diminishing winds
Lows: 5-12 degeres
Wind: W 5-10 mph
Wednesday:
Sunny becoming mostly cloudy
Highs: 25-30 degrees
Wind: S 5-10 mph

Record low temperatures, in the single digits, greeted us this morning.  Despite brilliant sunshine today, highs will only climb climb to around 5 degrees in northwest parts of the area to around 15 degrees downtown.   It will still remain quite windy through the early afternoon, so wind chills will still be, at times, below 0 degrees.  The good news is the effect from this Polar Vortex will be short lived.  Temperatures will start to moderate over the next several days. 

More on the Polar Vortex and record breaking temperatures.

Winds will diminish overnight and turn southerly.  It will still be cold overnight with temperatures in the single digits, but with lighter winds, the wind chill will not be as big a factor.  Tomorrow will still be cold, but certainly not as bad as today, with highs around the freezing mark.  High temperatures will reach the lower 40s by the end of the week and then the 50s by the weekend, as rain chances re-enter the forecast.  Stay warm!

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