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Before a chilly Christmas weekend, a powerful storm will batter the D.C. region.

An explosive storm system is slated to develop in the Washington area late in the workweek. Temperatures will plummet below freezing and winds will roar, and we can’t rule out some snow showers or flurries. The storm is expected to track to the west of the Appalachians and into the Great Lakes. The next storm should push the city near and above normal for precipitation this December. Friday is setting up to be a wild day for temperatures locally.

Current weather modeling suggests the front passes Washington in the midday, and temperatures plummet rapidly in its wake. The Baltimore/Washington Weather Service office has a slight risk of wintry weather Thursday and Friday.