Cold air is making a comeback around Washington, D.C., for Christmas after 70-degree weather from this past weekend.
After a rain and snow shower passed through on Christmas Eve, dry weather and some sunshine will return for Christmas Day.
Temperatures on Christmas will be nearly 40 degrees lower when compared to over the weekend. The high Wednesday is forecast to be in the mid-30s, but will start the day in the upper 20s.
Dry weather is forecast around the region from Christmas Day through Sunday. There is a slight chance of snow around New Year's Eve.
Temperatures will rebound over the weekend before more arctic air returns early next week.
The warmth this past weekend has erased temperature departures of several degrees below normal for December. As a result, December is likely to finish above the normal mean temperature of 41 degrees.
November finished 2.9 degrees below the normal mean temperature of 49.5 degrees around Washington, D.C.
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Iowa City, IA (1951)
Heavy snowstorm - 27.2".
Eastern States (1993)
One of the most powerful storms on record left a trail of destruction over a large area from Cuba and the Gulf of Mexico northward to eastern Canada (March 12-14). "The Storm of the Century," killed more than 110 people, broke snowfall and pressure readings in 13 cities and set record low temperatures in 132 locations. Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes ripped through Florida. Beach erosion and coastal flooding were common up and down the Eastern Seaboard. Coastal winds gusted to 50-90 mph. Six to twelve inches of snow fell on average from Washington, D.C., to Boston, MA. The snow was followed by sleet and rain. A total of 2-3 feet of snow fell from the mountains of North Carolina to central New York state. Drifts were of massive proportions.
Wilkes-Barre, PA (1936)
Serious flooding as a heavy rainstorm broke up winter ice.