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Early blast of frigid, windy weather coming Friday

The arrival of the new year accompanies a bitter cold throughout the D.C. region. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

WASHINGTON — There’s still a month before the official start of winter, but the D.C. region will get an uncharacteristically early blast of bitterly cold temperatures this weekend.

An unusually strong cold front arrives late Thursday night into Friday, bringing a blustery day with winds in the 10-to-20 mph range, according to Storm Team4 meteorologist Chuck Bell. Temperatures for much of the region Friday morning will hover around the freezing mark. While high temperatures are forecast to reach the 40-degree mark Friday afternoon, the wind chills will keep it feeling cooler.

Temperatures are set to fall into the 20s Friday night, meaning you should be prepared for a frigid Saturday morning with the region’s first hard freeze this season. Forecast temperatures will hover within a few degrees of record lows, Bells said.

The “feels like” temperatures Saturday morning will range from 23 in Annapolis, and 19 in D.C. to just 15 in Manassas.

The good news is that the early winter blast won’t last long. While Sunday morning will be below freezing for most areas, highs will reach the upper 40s to near 50.


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