Soaking Rain, Colder Air Follows DC's Record Warmth

By , Senior Meteorologist
December 23, 2013; 3:23 AM ET
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After experiencing record warmth, Washington, D.C., will end the weekend on a soaking note with much colder air to follow for Christmas.

Washington, D.C., experienced its second consecutive day of record warmth on Sunday as temperatures once again warmed into the 70s.

However, sunshine did not compliment the early taste of spring.

Gusty showers moved through during the morning with some more rain to follow through Sunday night. The rain will gradually taper off on Monday.

Flash flooding is a concern as the rain will fall heavily at times.

The downpours will pose hazards to motorists--including those heading to their Christmas Day destinations--by dramatically reducing visibility and heightening the risk of vehicles hydroplaning.

Slow travel can be expected on the many highways and interstates in and around the district. Airline passengers should also prepare for delays.

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As the rain departs on Monday, the door will open for the air to turn progressively colder through Christmas Day. More than 30 degrees will separate the high on Christmas from what was recorded over the weekend.

A couple of snow showers will also cross Washington, D.C., Tuesday afternoon. A few spots could get a dusting of snow by Christmas.

Despite being chilly, a dry Christmas Day will unfold as sunshine wins out over clouds.

Tune in to AccuWeather Live Mornings every weekday at 7 a.m. EST. We will be talking about the weather leading up to Christmas.


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