Forecast: Flip Flopping Through President's Day
Changeable conditions will define the holiday weekend. After quite mild weather today, temperatures take a dip to start President's Day weekend on Saturday. Temperatures gradually warm starting Sunday before cooling back down by Monday evening. Outside of a rainy Sunday night and Monday morning, most of the long weekend should be dry.
Very mild mid 50s, afternoon clouds. A pretty nice day today, overall--we just won't get a lot of sunshine. Ahead of a cold front we will experience southwesterly winds ushering in our semi-warm air. Morning sunshine will quickly give way to mostly cloudy skies. Precipitation chances are low.
Overnight, winds will shift to the northwest behind the cold front. Temperatures will dip below freezing, especially as the sky clears of insulating clouds. Inside and around the Beltway expect temperatures around 30. Loudoun and Winchester could dip to 22-24 degrees, however that depends on if the winds calm briefly around dawn.
Cooler but sunny, upper 30s. It will be a splendid crisp day for those of you who like a bit of chill in the wintertime. The wind will keep temperatures feeling closer to 30 for a good portion of the day, but the sun will help to ameliorate the wind I think. Overnight the wind will calm, skies become partly cloudy, and temperatures should bottom around 25 degrees in the immediate metro area. Out around Dulles and points well north of the city? Around 20 degrees a likely bet.
Keep reading for the forecast through Sunday & beyond. And check back later this morning for a self-assessment of our forecasting of Tuesday's ice storm.
PM clouds, evening shower? Low to mid 40s. We will have a decent morning but increasing clouds in the afternoon will announce the approach of a large area of low pressure from the southwest. An evening shower is possible, with more substantial rain overnight. Expect low temperatures in the mid to upper 30s.
A LOOK AHEAD
President's Day will be raw to start with for early risers. Rain should quickly relent as the morning wears on with some afternoon clearing possible. The afternoon will be breezy with temperatures near 50, but falling after dark.
Tuesday temperatures will definitely fall in-line more with average: temperatures from 36-41 over most of the metro area. I would grab a scarf and gloves if you are out of town and landing back here on Tuesday... that wind chill could be nippy waiting on the DCA (Reagan National) metro platform!
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