Column: Another week of unseasonably cold temps

WASHINGTON — As country singer Mickey Gilley sang in the soundtrack of “Urban Cowboy,” “Here Comes the Hurt Again.”

I am pretty sure he was also thinking about yet another cold snap that going to plague us for the next few days. It’s knocking on our doorstep Monday afternoon and it’s going to hurt, again, mainly considering that this is the fourth Arctic wave we’ve had pulsate into the region in the last month.

Temperatures will fall from our morning highs to tonight’s overnight lows by almost 40 degrees in some locations.


Frontal system shown at 11 a.m. EST between D.C. and Pittsburgh. The front extends from Maine all the way to Texas. Mostly it is represented by the contrast (shown in blue) from the warm and cold temperatures. (Courtesy WJLA)

This shows the frontal system as of 11 a.m. Monday (mostly between D.C. and Pittsburgh is where you will find the front). At 11:30 a.m., the StormTeam 7 Weather team calculated that as the front was coming through the region, one could drive from the downtown D.C. area to Frederick, Md. and drop about half a degree every mile.

That front will continue to sweep through the region, dropping temperatures pretty rapidly. Winds will shift from the nice and mild southerly breeze to a brisk northwest wind behind the front leading into this afternoon and through the first part of tomorrow.

A wind chill advisory is in effect for those areas shaded in blue for Monday night through the first part of Tuesday. That means wind chills or what it feels like outside will drop to about 5 to 10 degrees below zero!


Wind Chill Advisory for the region beginning at 1 a.m. Tuesday and continuing through 10 a.m. (Courtesy WJLA)

And it doesn’t end there. More winter weather is just on the heels of this latest arctic plunge.

On Tuesday morning, a wave of low pressure will develop along the lingering cold front that is the culprit for this cold blast. The low will intensify as it travels up the front and off the southern East Coast. With the cold shot of air in place over much of the Deep South, this disturbance will bring some rare winter weather to much of the Gulf states. Most of those and the Deep South are in a Winter Storm Watch for possible accumulating snow and ice.


Winter Storm Watches (dark blue) for most of the Gulf and Southern states. Winter Storms Warnings (pink) are shown in the Carolinas. (Courtesy WJLA)

As the low passes to our east Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, some snow could fall across the region but, again, it will most likely be to the south and east of the D.C. area.

Most of our listening area will not see any snow, at least that is the way it looks now, but the track of this system and how the model runs play out in the next 24 hours is definitely something that is worth watching.


The low rides along the front and intensifies off the coast of the Carolinas. Snow staying south and east of the D.C. area. An Arctic high will build Wednesday, pushing the system out to sea. (Courtesy WJLA)

Southern Maryland, Stafford, King George and even Spotsylavania and Stafford counties could get in on the action for a little snowfall accumulation Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

And then Arctic high pressure builds in from the north, keeping the region in the cold sector through Thursday. The good news is that high winds will slip off the coast for Friday and into the weekend, pushing a southerly wind back into the area and bumping temperatures back to near normal, which is right around 44 degrees.

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