Coldest air this early in 7 years; Another cold swing next week?

Reagan National Airport hit 32°F Wednesday morning, which was the earliest the location has reached the freezing mark in the past 7 years. The last time it hit 32°F or lower this early was on Nov. 4, 2006.

There was a chance for temperatures to fall below freezing and even into the 20s, but it looks like winds stayed breezy enough to keep the atmosphere from completely decoupling.

Low temperatures this morning

Other are low temperatures were in the 20s, but could have been much lower if the winds were light. Our region wasn't the only cold area in the country, as nearly the entire continental U.S. experienced the chill last night.

CONUS 48-state spatially averaged temperature was 32.2°F this morning. Red line will go up with warming trend.

— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) November 13, 2013

Wednesday night will be just as cold in the city and even colder in the suburbs, with lows in the lower 20s in the outlying suburbs to lower 30s in town. Below is a look at the 4km NAM forecast low temperatures for 7 a.m.{ } Thursday.

Forecast lows Thursday morning (Courtesy: Models)

The region will experience a break in the intense chill over the next few days as temperatures approach the seasonal average Thursday and Friday.

High temperatures may be in the low to mid 60s this weekend ahead of the next cold front which will push through the region Monday.

Forecast 850mb Temperatures and Winds for next Wednesday

The next strong push of cold air will rival this current one, though it is still a week away.

Models are confident at the moment that another arctic cold front will help bring cold air to the area next Wednesday. Don't worry, no chatter of snow this time but it appears it will be a lot like today with highs in the 40s and gusty winds.

I'm beginning to think maybe I haven't missed the cold.