PM Update: Frost Advisory tonight, north and west
Warm-up starts tomorrow then looks to last a while
Brr! It's a little chilly out there, no? After one of the coolest starts this season, temperatures only slowly crawled higher through the day, despite abundant sunshine after some morning clouds. Sustained winds as high as about 15 mph, mixed with gusts to around 25 mph, have added a bit of a wind chill with highs only reaching the upper 50s to near 60. Winds should be dying down as we get into evening while a pretty spectacular weekend is ahead.
Through Tonight: Clouds and a breeze conspired to keep many locations warmer than expected last night. That should not be the case tonight. Mostly clear skies and light winds combine to help temperatures dip to the low-and-mid 30s in the cooler spots to the mid-40s downtown. Some frost is possible across the western and northern suburbs, so be sure to tend to any plants you are eager to save.
Tomorrow (Saturday): A beautiful start to a fantastic weekend. It should be just about perfect for any local activities, including D.C. WeatherFest. Mostly sunny skies, and a light breeze from the southwest, help temperatures rise off chilly morning lows to highs in the upper 60s and low 70s.
Fall foliage: Autumn color continues to increase across the region as we head toward typical peak in the next few weeks in the immediate area. Color has been reported near peak this week along the Blue Ridge and other higher elevations west of the area, with some of the very highest elevations in Va., W.V. and Md. already entering the past-peak phase. As of Oct. 20, the Foliage Network reports high color well west of the area and moderate color elsewhere. Leaf drop is low to moderate thus far.
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