7:15 AM | Warm air of yesterday has already been displaced, next in line during this transition back to reality will be the potentially damaging late day and nighttime wind gusts

6-Day Forecast

Today

Considerable cloudiness, much cooler, occasional showers, maybe a rumble of thunder, stiff east winds through early afternoon then potentially damaging westerly wind gusts developing late in the afternoon, mid-to-upper 50’s for highs

Tonight

Very windy with potentially damaging wind gusts, partly cloudy, turning colder late, low-to-mid 30’s

Saturday

Partly sunny, windy with strong wind gusts, colder, maybe a rain or snow shower, upper 40’s

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, windy, cold, upper 20’s

Sunday

Mostly sunny, much more tranquil, but still pretty cold, upper 40’s

Monday

Mostly sunny, milder, mid-to-upper 50’s

Tuesday

Partly sunny, mild, upper 50’s

Wednesday

Mostly cloudy, chilly, chance for some rain, near 50

Discussion

The warm air from yesterday has already been displaced by a chilly ocean flow (east winds) that developed in the overnight hours. A "back-door" cold front dropped southward along the coast and the chilly ocean air has made it all the way to just south of the DC metro region and there is very little hope for the warmer air to return before yet another cold front moves in later today from the Ohio Valley. This transition back to reality will continue today with occasional showers, maybe even a rumble of thunder, and strong winds that will pick up dramatically out of the W-NW behind the late afternoon cold frontal passage. In fact, winds from late in the day through tonight can gust to 50 mph or so as a storm along the front strengthens rapidly to our north. Temperatures on Saturday will be much closer to normal (normal high is now 49 degrees) and wind chills will be even lower. Winds calm down on Sunday and then it turns milder again early next week. After that, we’ll have to monitor the progress of a strong storm that will likely pull out of the center of the country by about the middle of next week and heads towards the East.

Video

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