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By Yleem D.S. Poblete
Extremists are infiltrating the Western Hemisphere to strike the U.S.
Topic - Bryan Jackson
A giant swirling mass of air from the North Pole is expected to hit the D.C. area beginning Monday, bringing with it some of the coldest temperatures in two decades.
The D.C. area is looking at the prospect of five consecutive days with high temperatures below freezing for the first time since 1996, even as the morning temperature of 15 degrees Wednesday was the lowest recorded since 2009.
Unusually hot weather in the District will cause temperatures to spike nearly 10 degrees higher than average through Wednesday.
But this year's snowfall marks the fifth-highest accumulations recorded at Reagan airport since 1980, said Bryan Jackson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
"This area is prone to large storms on an every-few-year basis," he said. "We have an average of 15 to 20 inches, but it is rarely in that range, it is usually less or more."