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Here’s How Cold it Will be This Weekend

by Karen Goff — April 8, 2016 at 4:15 pm 0

Spring in RestonApril showers bring May flowers, right?  What do the forecasters have to say about spring snow showers?

Yes, it’s nearly mid April and it may snow a little this weekend. It will certainly be cold enough.

The Capital Weather Gang says “a  lobe of the polar vortex will dive into the Northeast by Saturday and push temperatures 20 to 25 degrees below average. On Friday night, overnight lows will fall into the mid to upper 30s as a clipper low pressure system surges down from the Midwest. Snow showers and flurries are possible early Saturday morning.”

Saturday may also see winds from 40 to 55 mph, forecasters say.

CWG says the cold front will bring even colder temps, falling to the mid 20s in Fairfax County late Saturday. The National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch from late Saturday night to Sunday morning. It is reminding Northern Virginia to protect tender plants from the cold.

“For many, these temperatures could rank among the coldest on record so late in the season,” reports the CWG.

If Dulles International Airport drops to 23 degrees or lower it will be one of the top-5 coldest mornings there so late in the season. Below 25 degreeswould rank in the top 10, says the CWG.

The coldest temperature on record this late in the month was 19 degrees on April 10, 1985.

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