Wind chills plummet as wicked winds whip through DC area

The D.C. region is in for a cold, blustery couple of days as a storm system moves to the south of the area and wind gusts could hit 30 to 40 mph.

Temperatures will stay low and wind chills will make it feel even colder: Lows overnight Thursday are expected to drop to the single digits or low teens.

“The coldest air of the season will stay with us tonight into (Friday),” Storm Team4 meteorologist Amelia Draper said. Expect wind chills in the single digits Friday morning.

And with wind gusts up to 40 mph, wind chills will be in the teens to the 20s throughout the day, Draper said.

Winds will be lighter, but it will still be cold on Saturday with highs only in the 30s.

“Sunshine on Saturday will be short-lived as another storm system will head our way, bringing us our next chance for some accumulating snow starting midday Sunday, possibly lasting into Monday,” Storm Team4 meteorologist Matt Ritter said.

The storm could bring snow some 2 to 5 inches of snow to the area by Sunday morning. And the warm air following that could lead to a wintry mix Monday morning, Draper said.


Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Blustery and very cold. Lows: Upper teens to mid-20s.
Wind chills: single digits to low teens.

Friday: Mix of clouds and sun. Blustery and cold. Highs: Mid- to upper 30s.

Saturday: Mostly sunny early then increasing clouds. Not as windy but brisk and cold. Highs: Mid- to upper 30s.

Sunday: Cloudy. Snow arriving, mixing with sleet and rain near D.C. and points south after possible accumulations. Highs: Mid- to upper 30s.


Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Writer/Editor for He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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