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"Here comes the sun"...and WIND & COLD...

Josh Larson @ 8:14 PM

Well the sun finally peeked in and out of the clouds today; that was the first time I'd seen it since late Monday. Up to two inches of rain has fallen over much of the DC metro area since Tuesday, with temperatures running some 15° below normal for this time of year. While the area-of-low-pressure-that-would-never-die which kept spinning over the eastern third of the nation this weekhas finally pushed east, we will have to contend with an intense cold front and resultant strong pressure gradient over the next 48 hours.

Expect clearing skies, cold temperatures, and VERY WINDY conditions through Tuesday morning. Sustained winds of 15-30mph with some gusts to near 45mph are expected during the day Sunday, while windy conditions 10-25mph and gusty will continue through the day Monday. In fact, the National Weather Service has issued a WIND ADVISORY for the rest of the weekend. With the ground as saturated as it is, there may be some isolated power outages as trees and branches may clip power lines. Expect uncomfortable wind chills to prevail through Monday morning. It looks as though many of the beautiful cherry blosssoms may come down prematurely over the next 48 hours.

Temperatures, too, will continue to be unseasonably cold, with highs on Sunday and Monday only in the mid to upper 40's, and the potential exists for temperatures to drop below freezing both Sunday and Monday nights.

A cruel reminder that even as we spring forward to Daylight Savings Time, winter hasn't totally faded out of the picture yet...

Feel free to report low temperatures Sunday and Monday nights, which may flirt with, or break, records: April 4 - 28° for DCA (1954); April 5 - 32° for DCA (1964)!

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