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A Fleeting But Forceful Chill
January brings brief jolt of cold and wind

Dan Stillman @ 8:45 AM

It won't last long, but today and tomorrow's chilly temperatures and biting wind -- combining for wind chills in the teens and 20s -- should briefly pacify those who complain that Washington winters are wimpy. For the rest of us, we'll look forward to moderating temperatures and waning winds by Friday. The 50-degree mark is within reach for the weekend.


Forecast Confidence: High-Very HighReally cold, really windy, mid 30s. The second day of the year gets off to a partly cloudy, cold and breezy start with morning lows in the 20s and wind chills in the teens. Don't be surprised by a flurry or snow shower, either. And it won't get much better from there. Despite partly sunny skies, afternoon highs will probably do no better than the mid 30s. Sustained winds of 20-25 mph (with gusts to around 30 mph) will likely prevent wind chills from surpassing the 20s. Overnight, mostly clear and still quite windy with lows in the mid teens to low 20s (suburbs-city).


Forecast Confidence: High-Very HighIn the clutch of cold air, low 30s. The cold air mass maintains -- and, if anything, tightens -- its grip. Temperatures will have trouble reaching higher than the low 30s under mostly sunny skies. Sustained winds at 15-20 mph (gusts to near 25 mph) will again produce bone-chilling "feels-like" temperatures in the teens and 20s, though winds should slacken somewhat in the afternoon. Overnight, greatly diminished winds and mostly clear skies should allow lows to drop to near 20 in town, lower teens in the burbs.


Forecast Confidence: HighNot as cold, light winds, near 40. After another frigid morning, temperatures should rebound to highs in the upper 30s to low 40s. Yeah, I know, that's still kinda cold. But the good news is that sunshine should be abundant and winds light. Overnight, mostly clear with lows in the upper teens to upper 20s (suburbs-city).

A Look Ahead

  • The weekend will most likely be partly sunny and warmer with highs in the mid 40s to mid 50s. Saturday night lows in the upper 20s to mid 30s.
  • The warming trend continues for Monday and Tuesday, when highs could make a run at 60.
  • So far, the next significant chance of precipitation looks to hold off until a cold front comes through late Tuesday or Wednesday.

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