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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Bryan Jackson
Already fatigued from a seemingly relentless barrage of winter storms, the D.C. area was pounded yet again Monday by a late-winter snowfall that had some residents wondering if spring will ever arrive.
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.
A storm that promised the first significant snowfall accumulation in two years was mostly a bust, dropping a sloppy wet slush inside the Capital Beltway on Wednesday but delivering more significant snow in the Washington area's outer suburbs.
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.
The 3.8 inches recorded at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Monday put the winter season's total snowfall at 23.1 inches, or nearly 9 inches above average winter accumulations, said Bryan Jackson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
"Right about 15 inches is our normal," Mr. Jackson said. "But we rarely get the normal amount, it is usually well above or well under."