TODAY: Brisk and quite cold despite plenty of sunshine. High: 35

TONIGHT: Clear to partly cloudy and quite cold. Low: 19

THURSDAY: Not as cold with a mix of clouds and sunshine. High: 43 Low: 26

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Bundle up! Tuesday's arctic front leaves behind record-cold air from start to finish Wednesday. In fact, Wednesday will be colder than we typically get on Christmas Day.

Thankfully, the arctic air will be short-lived as the bitter cold begins to ease Thursday and certainly by Friday when highs bounce back to 50-something. That said, we’ll still be on the chillier side of things by November's standards with temperatures remaining below average through the weekend.

Arctic high pressure building overhead Wednesday will do a couple of things for the northern mid-Atlantic. First, it will keep skies practically cloud-free. Second, it will allow winds to subside. These are more like "baby steps" when it comes to an arctic blast, though. The day will still feel downright cold despite its good looks. Highs in the lower to middle 30s will feel like 20-something once winds are factored into the equation. It's the kind of air that identifies more with December or January than November. Some clouds may spill across an otherwise moonlit sky Wednesday night, all while temperatures drop into the upper teens for the second straight night. Fittingly, the bright moon out all night is the former "frost" moon, technically full dark and early Wednesday morning.

As our high slides off the coast Thursday, winds will shift back around the south and southeast, and the cold will begin to ease. With sunshine giving way to some increasing clouds, highs will inch up back above the 40 degree mark, still chilly but at least another small step in the less cold direction. We’ll take a bigger step on Friday with a good amount of sunshine to wrap up the work week and highs near 50 degrees, if only for a day.

Another cold front will deliver another shot of colder air for Friday night into Saturday, but this time it will be a glancing blow as the core of the cold remains to our north over Upstate New York and New England. Expect mostly sunny skies to start the weekend on Saturday, but highs dip back into the upper 30s with that grazing shot of cold. Clouds increase on Sunday as a low pressure rides up the East Coast into early next week, but likely remains far enough east and off the coast to keep most of the rain to our east as well. So shore points will have a better chance of a little rain later Sunday into Monday with rain chances decreasing the farther inland you travel.

Wishes for a wonderful rest of you Wednesday. Hump Day!

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