DC Regional Forecast: Cold and calm today, wet tomorrow ahead of Arctic strike


A subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

6/10: Too high, you say, for the sunny but chilly 40s? It’s just that you wait for what’s about to happen.

  • Nowadays: Mostly sunny, cold, breezy. Highs: Low to mid-40s.
  • tonight: The clouds are gradually increasing, and the winter is late? Lows: 20s to 30s.
  • tomorrow: Early mix of North and West? Rain, sometimes very heavy. Highs: 40s.

Today is the day to prepare for the cold and windy conditions that arrive on Friday and continue through the weekend, especially as tomorrow looks like it will be rainy. Not very warm today with highs in the 40s, but not terrible, mostly clear skies and a light breeze. Our northern and western suburbs could see a tinge of chilly mix tomorrow morning, before turning to rain, before early Friday is when the arctic front rolls in, sending us into freezing cold on Christmas Eve and Christmas.

Today is Wednesday): It’s another chilly day outside as we start off in the low 20s this morning to the lows near the 30s. Plenty of sunshine doing its best, with light breezes lifting the afternoon highs into the low to mid 40s.Confidence: High

tonight: Cloud cover increased tonight before skies turned mostly cloudy overnight as low pressure developed towards our south. Light rain or cold weather could move into our southern and western suburbs around 4am. Overnight lows range from the low 20s to the low 30s.Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Thursday): A brief period of mixed cold is possible before about 9 a.m., mostly north and west of Washington, D.C., but any significant icing issues should be limited to northern Frederick and west of Leesburg. For the metro area, it turned into a rainy day with increased rainfall in the morning and sometimes heavy rain from the afternoon into the evening. Temperatures should climb into the 40s in the afternoon as the wind becomes a breeze from late afternoon into early evening.Confidence: Moderate

Tomorrow night: In the evening, the rain moved from west to east, but the sky remained overcast throughout the night. Temperatures hover in the low 40s to high 50s thanks to relatively mild breezes from the south.Confidence: Moderate

early showers Friday, between about 6 a.m. and noon, possibly ending with snow showers. A thin coat of grass can’t be ruled out, especially north and west of Washington, D.C. Plunges in temperatures and gusty winds are the main story. Most of us start our day in our 40s, but by lunchtime or so we go from our 20s to our late 30s, and by late afternoon or evening clear skies we go from our teens to our near teens 20 years old. Gusts from the west, usually in the 30-40 mph range, maybe a few gusts to around 50 mph, should do a good job of drying things out. But any remaining wet spots are sure to freeze in the afternoon into the evening (we call this “snap freezing”).Confidence: Moderate

Friday night Winds continue to gust near or exceed 30 mph with mostly clear skies. The minimum temperature overnight plummeted to the upper single digits to the teens, and the wind chill dropped to single digits, as low as minus 5 degrees.Confidence: Medium-High

Christmas weekend Partly to mostly sunny and definitely cold. Both days started in the low single digits into the mid teens in the morning before struggling into the mid 30s in the afternoon highs of the 20s. Saturday’s winds were blowing 20-30 mph from the west and remained in the single digits and high teens wind chill all day. It wasn’t as windy on Sunday, but there was still enough breeze to keep the wind chill from rising from the mid-teens to closer to the 20s.Confidence: Medium-High

High temperatures should return to the 30s to close to the 40s on Monday and Tuesday.

Daily assessment of the chance of at least 1 inch of snow next week on a scale of 0-10.

1/10 (): As an arctic front swept across the region early Friday, the showers could turn to snow before ending.We don’t usually see buildup in these conditions, but a thin coating of grass cannot be ruled out, especially north and west of Washington, D.C.

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