Unseasonable warmth ready to descend on Washington

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - While portions of the United States get ready for another blast of winter weather, the nation's capital is preparing to bask in the glow of unseasonable warmth.

Nowhere was that more evident Friday than on the National Mall, where a group of D.C. residents gathered for their daily game of Ultimate Frisbee.

Temperatures in the D.C. area reached into the 60s in some spots Friday, and with the winter solstice on tap for Saturday, the weekend is primed for near record warmth.

Meanwhile, in parts of the nation's midsection, residents are gearing up for ice and snow. In Topeka, Kansas, where Shelly Bausch lives, six inches of snow is a possibility.

However, despite the warm air headed for Washington, she said she's not jealous of the impending warm-up while she waited for a flight at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

"We're ready to get home for Christmas," she said. "That's all that matters."

Meanwhile, in Iowa, where ice and snow are also expected over the weekend, traveler Martha Cole knows the perfect antidote.

"I'm going to be able to stay in and stay warm," she said.

Check out the full - and springlike - forecast at the ABC7 weather page.