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Posted at 8:40 PM ET, 01/18/2009

Inauguration Weather Forecast: A Cold Wind

By Jason Samenow

CWG's Full Forecast | Light Snow Monday? (updated at 8:30 p.m.) | Inauguration: What to Wear

Tuesday, January 20, 2009
19-23F 26-30F Mostly cloudy 20%
We keep talking about the sub-freezing cold for Inauguration Day, but how about the wind? It doesn't look pleasant.

Throughout the day, a wind from the north or northwest will blow persistently between about 10 and 15 mph (with higher gusts). That will make for wind chills in the teens during morning and night and only around 20 during the warmest part of the afternoon. Dressing warmly will be a must.

Lastly, while a remote threat, we're still watching a disturbance dropping into the South that may develop into a storm off the Carolina coast. It will probably form too far to the east to produce snow here but it's close enough to not entirely ignore. Confidence: Medium

*Swearing in is scheduled for noon.


Bush, 2001: Noon Temp: 36F. A cool dreary day, with rain and fog - visibility 2 miles. An inch of rain had fallen the day before, with another third of an inch falling on Inauguration Day. Rain changed to a little light snow (0.3") late in the evening.

History fact courtesy National Weather Service.

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

By Jason Samenow  | January 18, 2009; 8:40 PM ET
Categories:  Inauguration Forecasts, International Weather  | Tags:  dc weather, inauguration forecast, inauguration weather, inauguration weather forecast  
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