- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The D.C. area’s recent erratic weather pattern is expected to continue, as spring-like temperatures plummet 30 degrees Wednesday night amid Great Lakes winds and thunderstorms.

“Basically, there’s a very strong cold front from the Great Lakes,” National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Hoffman said Wednesday.

He said warm winds from the South were responsible for temperatures that climbed from single digits last week to the low 70s Wednesday. Rain and thunderstorms expected after 5 p.m. Wednesday will make for an evening that feels deceptively like summer.

Then everything changes.

“Temperatures will drop 30 degrees starting around 7 p.m.-8 p.m.,” Mr. Hoffman said.

Wednesday night could see a low of 21 degrees, with wind gusts as high as 46 miles per hour and even a chance of snow flurries, though no accumulation is expected.

Mr. Hoffman said the fluctuating temperatures are typical for this time of year.

“For spring, you do typically have fluctuations,” he said. “Today is above normal and tomorrow is low, but they average out together. That’s typical of spring.”

Temperatures will settle to the mid 50s and low 60s this weekend.

“We’re not expecting much precipitation this weekend, Mr. Hoffman said. “There will be more sun than clouds on Friday and Saturday.”