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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 01/17/2009

Inauguration Weather Forecast: Freezing Cold

By Jason Samenow

CWG's Full Forecast Through Inauguration Weekend

Tuesday, January 20, 2009
19-23F 26-30F Partly cloudy 20%
As we've been discussing for many days now, it's going to be cold. The difference between today's forecast and earlier ones is that we're now predicting high temperatures won't rise above freezing as the cold air mass appears to be deeper than we had been thinking. If there's any snow cover, that would make it even colder -- but that doesn't look terribly likely at the moment.

The wind won't be howling, but will make its presence felt blowing from the north at 10-15 mph -- with wind chills in teens in the morning and 20s in the afternoon.

As for snow, we're still thinking it's pretty unlikely. But there's enough uncertainty with the timing and strength of waves riding south along the jet stream that it's premature to remove it from the forecast.

Confidence: Medium

*Swearing in is scheduled for noon.


Clinton, 1997: Noon Temp: 34F. It was partly sunny with a high overcast. Winds were from the south at 7 mph.

History fact courtesy National Weather Service.

Related Links: Inauguration Weather Features | Previous Inauguration Weather Forecasts | Inauguration Central

By Jason Samenow  | January 17, 2009; 5:00 AM ET
Categories:  Inauguration, Inauguration Forecasts  | Tags:  inaugural forecast, inaugural weather, inauguration forecast, inauguration weather, inauguration weather forecast, obama forecast, obama weather  
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Wind and wind chill will be a very real problem - especially along the Penn. Ave. parade route, which tends to be a pretty good wind tunnel (and shady too)...

Posted by: jhorstma | January 18, 2009 12:31 AM | Report abuse

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