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Bitter Cold Settles Across DC Region on Christmas; Flood Watch Extended

A significant rainstorm started its journey through the region on Christmas Eve, followed by an arctic blast, Storm Team4 says

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Flood watches remain in effect Christmas morning after rainstorms rolled through on Christmas Eve, dumping roughly 2 inches of rain in some parts of the D.C. region.

An arctic blast has temperatures in the low to mid-30s with frigid wind chills in the low to mid-20s this morning.

Temperatures will continue to fall tonight into the teens and 20s. Winds will stay breezy through the first half of Saturday and then grow calm.

The remainder of Christmas Day will be windy and bitter cold with a passing snow flurry or snow shower before noon, especially in southern Maryland and possibly the Metro.

A flood watch and flood warnings are in effect through Friday morning for parts of Fairfax, Fauquier, Frederick (Maryland), Loudoun, Montgomery, Culpeper, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties.

Storm Team4 has declared a weather alert day.

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Hopefully only Santa and his magical sleigh and reindeer were traveling on Christmas Eve. Downpours limited visibility and gusts of wind could have fell branches, trees or power lines, the National Weather Service said.

After midnight on Christmas Eve, the worst of the showers ended.

Saturday will be sunny and cold with highs near 40°, while winds finally calm in the afternoon. Sunday will see a gradual increase in clouds, but stay dry, with highs in the low 40s. Monday will be much milder with highs in the 50s.

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