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    Tuesday Snow, Polar Plunge Headed to DC

    By By Kristina Pydynowski, senior meteorologist
    January 20, 2014, 6:23:04 AM EST

    Monday's mild weather in Washington, D.C., is not a sign of things to come with the return of snow and frigid air on the horizon.

    Monday is shaping up to be another breezy and mild day in Washington, D.C., with temperatures set to soar to near the 50-degree mark.

    However, the polar vortex is sinking southward and will cause noticeably colder air to sweep in for Tuesday. About 20 degrees will separate Monday's high from Tuesday's.

    Residents will not just be bundling up on Tuesday, but will also be shoveling snow. An Alberta Clipper at the leading edge of the arctic blast will spread a band of snow from the Ohio Valley to the mid-Atlantic on Tuesday.


    Snow amounts will average 3 to 6 inches in the Washington, D.C., area, threatening to turn sidewalks, highways and interstates slick for commuters. Airline passengers should prepare for possible flight delays.

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    Biting winds ushering in the colder air will drop AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures into the teens on Tuesday. Some of the snow could also get blown around, further reducing visibility.

    In the wake of the snow, temperatures will plummet into the teens Tuesday night with highs in the lower 20s expected for Wednesday. Brisk winds will continue to create dangerously colder RealFeel® temperatures.


    Yet another Alberta Clipper will return the chance for a little snow on Thursday before fresh frigid air arrives later in the week.

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