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Posted at 1:00 PM ET, 01/20/2009

Inauguration Update: Pomp, Circumstance & Chill

By Capital Weather Gang

* Wind-Chilled Spectators Seek Warmth, Medical Treatment In Museums *

Partly sunny skies shined down on the millions who filled America's capital city today. The sunshine -- more than originally forecast -- ever so slightly took the edge off of a chilly noontime temperature at Reagan National Airport of 28, and an even chillier wind chill of 17. It wasn't the coldest January swearing in (Reagan, 1985, 7°F). But it certainly wasn't the warmest (Reagan, 1981, 55°F).

Two unidentified attendees try to stay warm as they wait for the inauguration this morning. (AP)

This Afternoon and Tonight: Bundle up -- whether you're heading out for an Inaugural Ball, or just a low-key dinner. From afternoon highs near 30, evening temperatures will drop through the 20s as winds subside a touch. But still, a breeze around 10 mph will be enough to keep wind chills in the teens. Overnight skies should be mostly cloudy with air temperatures dipping to lows in the mid-to-upper teens.

Tomorrow: Expect little to no improvement in temperatures. Under partly sunny skies, highs should max out around 30. Wind chills? Stuck in the teens to low 20s, even though a 10-15 mph morning breeze should diminish in the afternoon.

See Matt Rogers' forecast through the weekend.

By Capital Weather Gang  | January 20, 2009; 1:00 PM ET
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Long range models look interesting heading into next week. With some variations in models I will not hold out hope for snow but I do believe that if all pans out...we may have the change in administrations to thank for the change into a snowier weather pattern.

Posted by: stinkerflat1 | January 20, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

My friend in Wilmington NC sent me pictures of their snow. I think the DC area is the only place it hasn't snowed this winter.

Posted by: VaTechBob | January 20, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

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