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How low can it go? Temps drop as cold weather front hits DC region

People walk one the frozen Reflecting Pool at the National Mall, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

WASHINGTON — Hope you enjoyed the brief stint of milder weather Friday because a cold front with a history of making temperatures tumble by 20 to 30 degrees in less than an hour has arrived in the D.C. area.

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The bottom falls out on temperatures in the D.C. area. (WTOP/Matt Ritter)

According to NBC Washington meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts, it is going to be dramatically colder than it has been for the last two days.

And residents need to be wary of spots of ice.

A few slick spots are possible north and west of D.C. as we continue into the morning, Ricketts said.

Winds will gust up to 40 mph. And the National Weather Service had issued a gale warning until noon.

Most of Saturday will be in the lower to mid-30s with wind chills in the teens and 20s. Expect decreasing clouds through the day, with more sunshine in the afternoon.

Saturday’s temperatures versus wind chills. (Courtesy NBC Washington)

Forecast:

Saturday: Windy and much colder. Falling temperatures. Highs in the 30s.

Sunday: Mostly sunny and much colder still. Highs in the 20s.

Monday: Partly sunny and cold, but not windy. Highs around 30.

For Martin Luther King Jr. Day, temperatures will be chilly, around 30 with mostly sunny to partly sunny skies and a much lighter wind across the region. The next chance of snow will be with a little disturbance that rolls through the region late on Tuesday and into Wednesday, Ricketts said.


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