Colder Air Returns to DC for Inauguration Day

By Grace Muller, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
January 21, 2013; 3:49 AM ET
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In this Jan. 20, 2009, file photo, President Barack Obama gives his inaugural address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)

President Barack Obama will be sworn into office for his second term in office on Jan. 21. The Inauguration is held outside, on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

After an unusually mild Sunday with highs in the lower 60s, noticeably colder air will rush back into Washington, D.C., for Monday.

Temperatures will be held to the middle 40s on Monday, which is fairly typical for this time of year. AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures will be in the middle 30s during the Presidential Inauguration. There will be a slight breeze with gusts to between 8 and 10 mph.

Arctic air moving in could produce a passing rain or light snow shower at some point during the afternoon.

Inauguration stats from the National Weather Service Forecast Office for Baltimore, Md., and Washington, D.C.:

The normal high temperature for the day is 43°F. The normal low temperature for the day is the upper 28°F. The normal weather for 12 p.m. EST on the Inauguration is a temperature of 37°F, with partly cloudy skies, 10 mph wind and a wind chill of 31°F.

Climatologically speaking, there is about a 1 in 3 chance of measurable precipitation (i.e., at least 0.01 of an inch) on that day and a 1 in 6 chance of precipitation during the ceremony. There is only about a 1 in 10 chance of measurable snow (i.e., at least 0.1 of an inch) on that day and a 1 in 20 chance of snow during the ceremony. There is about a 1 in 6 chance that there will be at least 1 inch of snow already on the ground from a previous snowfall.

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