D.C. Forecast: A blustery, cold start to the weekend, but a calmer and milder finish

This Afternoon:{ } Sunny, Windy, & Cold

Highs: 37-40 | Wind: NW 15-25/G 35

Tonight: Clear, Cold, Diminishing Winds

Lows: 18-26 | Wind: NW 5-10

Sunday: Partly Sunny, Not as Cold, Late Rain/Sleet

Highs: 44-47 | Wind: S 5-10

It is a cold and blustery{ }day in the Nation's Capital with winds gusting over 30 mph and wind chill values in the 20s.{ } The proximity of the nor'easter now swirling through New England is responsible for the high winds which will continue for much of today.{ } A Wind Advisory expired early this morning, but strong northwesterly winds will continue; the Advisory criterion is winds of 45-55 mph.{ } There will be plenty of sunshine as the day goes on, but expect little warmth.{ } Daytime highs in the upper 30s will feel at least 10-15 degrees colder due to the winds.{ }

Those winds will begin to diminish tonight as the storm system moves farther to the northeast.{ } Sunday will be a much calmer day with southerly winds and highs in the mid 40s.{ } Partly sunny skies will give way to increasing amounts of late day cloudiness and the chance of rain and/or sleet and freezing rain in the overnight hours.{ } Monday could start out with that mix of frozen precipitation before turning to all rain.

As the Northeast battles today's snowstorm, it is a reminder of our own vulnerability to February storms, specifically Presidents' Day storms.{ } Many DC residents can remember well the two Presidents' Day snowstorms of 1979 and 2003 that dropped 18.7" and 16.7" of snow, respectively,{ }at Reagan National.{ } Enjoy your windy, but snow-free February{ }Saturday!