01/15/2013 11:43 am ET | Updated Jan 15, 2013

Inauguration Weather Forecast Predicts Cold Arctic Air For D.C. Region


WASHINGTON -- Anyone who was in the nation's capital in January 2009 for President Obama's first Inauguration will remember the chilly weather conditions. Those planning on attending the president's second Inauguration next week should prepare to bundle up.

According to Capital Weather Gang, the big question mark is the timing of a "powerful arctic cold front" that is set to dip south into the D.C. region toward the end of this weekend.

The prospect of cold weather has given WTTG-TV/Fox 5's Matt Ackland chills in advance of next Monday's festivities:

Most computer models, Capital Weather Gang reports, agree that the cold front will come on Sunday, but if it comes on Monday -- the day of the swearing-in ceremony and Inauguration parade -- temperatures may be slightly higher but there'll be more wind:

Temperatures on Jan. 21 may not rise above 40 and could even remain sub-freezing. Highs below 32 would represent the coldest air in D.C. in about two years (not since January 22, 2011 when the high was 28).

The good news: There isn't any significant precipitation forecasted with the cold front's arrival so street pavement, sidewalks and the National Mall should remain dry. (Newly restored grass on the Mall will be protected by plastic flooring, according to The Washington Post.)

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