Sunday's cold weather in D.C.

ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) - Ironically, one of the best ways to stay warm on Sunday night was to get on the ice.

"If you continue to skate around, you won't feel it," said Susan Carevic of Alexandria.

The coldest air of the season pushed into the Washington area on Sunday, with highs in most spots barely scraping past freezing. Combined with stiff winds, the day was one of the most stiflingly cold ones of the calendar year.

It was so cold it even affected the Zamboni at the Pentagon City outdoor rink. Ice rink manager Harry Tran spent almost 12 hours driving it outside.

"Try to stay outside, make sure the machine's running. That's the brutal part," he said.

Sunday was almost 10-degrees colder than the average high in mid-January, which is the coldest time of the year around the District area. And in D.C., it's not necessarily the cold but the wind chill -- Sunday saw gusts up to 45 miles an hour.

Compared to where local resident Jonathan Blair grew up, though, Sunday night wasn't so bad.

"I'm from Alaska, so I'm not that cold ever," he said. "I mean, it's not that cold unless the wind's whipping. To me at least."

And if you're from outside Anaheim, Calif., you don't necessarily see it that way.

"But we've got layers, so we're warm," tourist Laura Avila said. "As long as you keep moving, we're fine."