D.C. Forecast: After a sunny & cool Sunday, a bitterly cold week ahead

This Afternoon: Mostly Sunny, Breezy, Cooler

Highs:{ }52-56 | Wind: SW 10-20+/ NW

Tonight: Partly Cloudy & Cold

Lows: 23-32 | Wind: NW 5-10 mph

Monday: Mostly Cloudy, PM Snow Showers

Highs: 40-44 | Snow: 50% Chance

Our charmed weather lives this winter continue this weekend with mostly sunny skies and above average temperatures.{ } The mercury reached 54 at Reagan National on Saturday and reached 56 at Dulles.{ } Saturday's southerly breezes will last through much of today with highs again around 55.{ } A cold front{ }passing through the area and shifting winds to the northwest will however make it feel a bit cooler than yesterday.{ }

Appearances and comfort levels to the contrary, winter is still{ }here and is about to give us a brutal reminder of the same.{ } Inauguration Day will feature mostly cloudy skies in the morning and daytime highs near the seasonal norm of 43.{ } A frontal passage however will make snow showers and snow squalls possible in the afternoon and evening hours.{ } A dusting of snow could result.{ } Thereafter, the week will turn bitterly cold with arctic air poised to move in later Monday night.{ } With gusty winds, dew points dropping below zero, and daytime highs only in the 20s, Tuesday could be the coldest day in two years.{ } It is also possible that the temperature will not rise above freezing until Thursday or Friday.{ } A low pressure center could bring some wintry precipitation to the area on Friday into Saturday.{ } So after a long wait, the season is about to be validated in a very chilly way!{ } Enjoy your Sunday.{ }