The arctic blast sweeping through much of the country is bringing frigid temperatures and chances of flurries to D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Bundle up!

The cold weather brought by this freezing wave is going to make it feel like winter in the middle of fall.

Meteorologists are reporting that, while we may see below-average temperatures, there is little to no chance of any accumulating snow. For the most part, measurable snow is staying well to the north and west of our region.


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Courtesy of Accuweather

Light flurries have begun in the Richmond area!

The temperature will drop throughout the day on Tuesday until it reaches the 20s tonight and then head back up to the 30s by Wednesday afternoon. Thursday and Friday should be back to seasonal temperatures with above-freezing readings in the overnight hours.

Today's Tuesday afternoon rush hour may be affected by drivers panicking over the dusting of snow, but nothing should stick to the roadways.

The mayor's office has just issued a cold weather alert for the entire District of Columbia, so be on the lookout for people who may need help seeking shelter.

Check with your local municipality if you end up needing to find shelter yourself. This is not a great time for your furnace to go out! As always, be cautious when using space heaters and electric blankets. If you've got a fireplace, make sure your chimney is drawing properly and that your carbon monoxide alarm is functioning.

Stay warm out there, and check out your county's emergency shelter plans, just in case!

Post a comment if you know of good cold weather resources in your area. We'd love to hear from you!