Cold Weekend for DC

By , Senior Meteorologist
November 24, 2012; 4:55 AM ET
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Cold air and gusty winds are taking aim on Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia for Saturday. Only the wind will ease Sunday.

After temperatures flirted with the 60-degree mark on some thermometers over the Thanksgiving holiday, a strong cold front will swing through Friday evening bringing spotty rain showers.

Canadian air follows the front Saturday with winds gusting in the neighborhood of 35 mph.

With actual temperatures ranging from the 30s at night and only peaking in the 40s during the day, the combination of wind and other atmospheric conditions will make for RealFeel® temperatures in the teens and 20s respectively.

The cold flow of air across the Great Lakes will set up the first widespread lake-effect snow event of the season Friday night and Saturday. For those traveling westward into the Appalachians, there is a risk of brief, but blinding snow squalls.

There is a chance of a passing flurry reaching the I-95 corridor.

Winds will ease a bit by Sunday, but actual temperatures will be slow to recover.

The next chance of precipitation spans Tuesday and Tuesday night.

While a major storm does not seem likely, a modest system could bring a period of rain, snow or wintry mix to the mid-Atlantic and southern New England.

More updates on the weather situation for next week will follow through this weekend on

Despite the warm appearance to the weather during recent days, temperatures for the month of November have averaged about 3 degrees below normal. The normal November average temperature for Baltimore (all highs and lows) this month is about 50 degrees.

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