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Posted at 7:30 PM ET, 02/ 6/2008

Weekend Cold Blast: Short But Potent

By Matt Ross

Even though it will be short-lived, Saturday night through Monday afternoon will finally feel like winter again. In fact, Sunday has the potential to feature our coldest afternoon of the season with temperatures remaining at or below freezing. Unfortunately for winter weather lovers, the cold blast may be somewhat of a disappointment as it will not last long, nor will it bring any big winter storms. Can we at least squeeze out a few snowflakes? Maybe.

Come early Saturday, the prospects for snow may look promising at first as a potent low-pressure system is expected to move toward the DC area from the northwest. However, the low will likely veer toward the Great Lakes before redeveloping along the coast well northeast of here. As a result, we'll probably be on the southern fringe of precipitation associated with the system.

Here's the initial read on how this weekend's weather will play out ...

On Saturday, we'lll see winds freshen in the afternoon as some light rain moves into the area. The rain may mix with light snow and/or sleet, especially in the northern and western suburbs. But amounts will be light and surface temperatures should remain well above freezing. Late in the day, however, arctic air will penetrate the region. Some snow showers are possible during the evening and overnight hours -- a dusting isn't out of the question in some places -- but the main story will be wind and cold.

By early Sunday morning, temperatures should be in the 20s with sustained winds in excess of 15-20 mph. Stiff winds are a good bet to continue on Sunday, with gusts potentially up to 25-30 mph or more. Combine the wind with temperatures that may hold in the mid 20s to near 30 in many places and we're looking at Sunday wind chills in the teens at best. Winds should begin to diminish Sunday night as temperatures drop into the teens before rebounding to the 30s on Monday and 40s on Tuesday.

A quick-hitting cold shot, for sure. But one that will make this week's surge of spring a distant memory.

By Matt Ross  | February 6, 2008; 7:30 PM ET
Categories:  Extreme Cold  
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