DC Cold Shot Comes After Thanksgiving Day Festivities

By , Senior Meteorologist
November 18, 2012; 4:06 PM ET
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Noticeably colder air is headed back to Washington, D.C., but not until after Thursday's Capital Holiday Parade and Black Friday.

Temperatures will slowly rise in Washington, D.C., through Friday as a storm over the western Atlantic remains offshore.

Dry weather will prevail each day despite skies occasionally turning mostly cloudy.

On Thursday, many people will view the weather as perfect for Thanksgiving Day and the city's Capital Holiday Parade.

Underneath a partly sunny sky, a temperature of 49 degrees will kick off the parade. Temperatures will then climb to the day's high of 57 degrees that afternoon. Such a high is fairly common in Washington, D.C., this time of year.

Winds during the parade will blow from of the north and northeast at 8-12 mph.

After a nice and dry day on Black Friday with temperatures cracking the 60-degree mark, residents and visitors of Washington, D.C., will be given a harsh reminder that winter is just around the corner this weekend.

Temperatures both Saturday and Sunday will be held to the 40s with gusty winds creating even colder AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures.

The cold air will trigger the first widespread lake-effect snow event of the season near the Great Lakes and into the central Appalachians. A flurry could reach some of the distant northwestern suburbs on Saturday.

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