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Inauguration Day Forecast: Some Sun, Seasonably Cool

UPDATED 8:45 AM EST, January 21, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen and James West

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The weather will cooperate for the 57th Presidential Inauguration Day today. The arctic chill spilling into the northern Plains will hold off for one more day, sparing thousands from dangerous cold. Still, it will be seasonably cool weather for the nation`s capital.

Southerly winds and peaks of sunshine ahead of an Arctic cold front will help temperatures climb near seasonal norms in Washington, D.C. The mercury will be around 42 degrees at Noon.

The high temperatures will climb a few more degrees to 47 degrees by 3 p.m. The wind will provide a bit of a wind chill so dressing in layers with a sweater, gloves and a hat is recommended.

A mix of a few light rain and snow showers will be possible this afternoon and evening. Beyond that, the wind will become northwest while ushering in much colder changes tonight and Tuesday. Lows will slide back into the lower 20s tonight.

The normal high temperature on January 21 is 43 degrees, and midday temperatures average a cold, but not unbearable, 37 degrees. For more information on past weather extremes during Inauguration Day, click here.

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