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Today's Forecast Updated Saturday at 10:32 AM
Look for a mostly cloudy & seasonably chilly start to the weekend with high temperatures near 40. It will be sunnier and a bit milder on Sunday with highs in the mid to upper 40s
- This Afternoon:
- Mostly Cloudy & Chilly
- Highs: 37-42
- Wind: N 5 mph
- Mostly Cloudy & Cold
- Lows: 28-35
- Wind: Calm
- Mostly Sunny & Seasonable
- Highs: 44-48
- Wind: Calm
While it won't be 70 degrees this weekend as it was on December 1st - the beginning of meteorological winter - temperatures in the seasonable 40s and a lack of wintry precipitation will make for a less than dramatic start to astronomical winter! Tomorrow's winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, kicks off three months of Washington weather at its nadir. But if this month is any indication, the season might not be challenging as some. This December has been notable for its milder than normal readings - almost 3 degrees above average - and its lack of wintery precipitation: just a trace of snow and hardly any icy windshields to scrape have made for a winter-lite season to date. With high pressure in control this weekend, a wet weather system to our south will largely skirt the area, bringing clouds today, but little chance of any rain. Some snow showers are falling however in central Virginia. And even though temperatures will only be in the upper 30s to low 40s, calmer winds will make for a more tolerable day than the last few. Sunday promises to be mostly sunny will highs in the mid to upper 40s. Showers are likely on Monday as a system makes its way up the Atlantic seaboard; there's a slim possibility that a bit of wintry mix could precede the rain. Tuesday and Christmas Eve also look to be wet, but quite mild: readings near 60 are possible on Wednesday. A cold front with windy conditions late Wednesday will yield to a mostly sunny but colder day on Christmas. Enjoy this final day of autumn!
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