Winter's Chill Is Creeping In

7:45 PM, Jan 24, 2013   |    comments
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Washington, DC (WUSA - TV) - The 2012-2013 winter has been a relatively mild one until now.

In fact, this week has seen the coldest stretch of weather since January 2009. Before Wednesday, when the high was only 28 degrees at National Airport, the last time it was this cold was January 22, 2011 when the high was also 28 degrees.

The low temperature Wednesday morning was 15 degrees making for the coldest observed temperature in the Nation's Capital since February 5, 2009, when it was 15 degrees as well.

According to the National Weather Service, the last time there were three consecutive days of highs below 30 degrees in the Nation's Capital was from January 15 - 17, 2009. The high temperatures those three days at National Airport were 29, 18, 27 respectively.

Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing until the weekend. Those living in the Mid-Atlantic will also recall the relative lack of snow last winter continuing to the current winter season so far. In fact, the last time an inch or more of snow was observed at National Airport was almost two years ago on January 26, 2011 when 5" fell. Most will remember that snow coming during the evening rush hour, creating havoc on the roads.

We will see if we will end the relative snow drought in the coming days during this cold spell. The team of WUSA 9 meteorologists will continue to keep you posted both on - air and online at

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