7:15 AM | Warm air is already gone and tonight will bring potentially damaging wind gusts as we transition back to reality

6-Day Forecast

Today

Mostly cloudy, much cooler, an occasional shower, stiff east winds, low-to-mid 40’s

Tonight

Very windy with potentially damaging wind gusts, showers likely early, becoming partly cloudy and turning colder late, mid 30’s

Saturday

Very windy with continued very strong gusts, partly sunny, chance for a rain or snow shower, colder, mid 40’s

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, windy, cold, near 30

Sunday

Mostly sunny, much more tranquil, but still pretty cold, low-to-mid 40’s

Monday

Mostly sunny, milder, near 50

Tuesday

Partly sunny, mild, near 50

Wednesday

Mostly cloudy, chilly, chance for some rain, low-to-mid 40’s

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 with this early evening strong cold frontal passage from the west and winds will pick up dramatically behind the front tonight and tomorrow. In fact, winds could gust past 50 mph or so tonight into Saturday as a storm strengthens rapidly to our north. Temperatures on Saturday will be much closer to normal (normal high is now 43 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 head towards the East.

Video

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