Last gasp? Winter returns to DC area, but spring makes mid-week comeback

Winter just refuses to let go.

Bitterly cold temperatures and wind gusts will grip the D.C. area Sunday night into Monday, although warmer weather is expected to return Tuesday.

Cold air continues to enter our region from the west, said Storm Team4 meteorologist Clay Anderson. Strong winds gusting up to 25 mph to 30 mph could be joined by some light snow flurries through the early evening in parts north and west of the metro area. Both will help plunge temperatures into the the mid 20s closer toward D.C. But the wind will make it feel more like 20 degrees inside the Beltway and teens in the suburbs to the north and west.

A second burst of cold air will keep things chilly tomorrow, with winds steady at 15 mph to 20 mph, although gusts near 30 mph are possible.

Temperatures will take another tumble Monday night, with 20s in the D.C. area and teens and even single digits in far western zones. Wind chills will make those temperatures feel even colder.

But temperatures then climb to more seasonable levels, with a high near 50 on Tuesday and into the 50s by Wednesday. On Thursday, we could see temperatures rise to near 70, although rain is likely to be in the mix as well.


SUNDAY NIGHT: Mainly clear skies. Frost possible. Northwest winds 10 mph to 20 mph. Temperatures in the low 20s.

MONDAY: Partly sunny, blustery and cold. Highs in the middle 40s.

MONDAY NIGHT: Mainly clear skies but still cold and windy. Northwest winds 10 mph to 20 mph. Lows in the low 20s in the D.C. area and teens north and west of I-95.

TUESDAY: Sunny and not as cold. Highs near 50.

WEDNESDAY: Increasing clouds and milder. Highs in the upper 50s.

THURSDAY: Warm and rain likely. Highs near 70.

Current conditions:

Anna Gawel

Anna Gawel joined WTOP in 2020 and works in both the radio and digital departments. Anna Gawel has spent much of her career as the managing editor of The Washington Diplomat, which has been the flagship publication of D.C.’s diplomatic community for over 25 years.

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