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Forecast for the Washington, D.C., area: A dry cold gives way to late-week rain before an Arctic blast

The new week gets off to a chilly start with below-average temperatures and a pesky breeze. The second half of the week turns turbulent with precipitation, big temperature swings and gusty winds. An Arctic front sweeps through Friday night, bringing the coldest Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in decades. Wednesday night could see a little snow, sleet or rain in parts of New England. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are partly sunny but very cold. An Arctic front brings mostly rain on Thursday and Friday, but we can’t rule out snow flurries or snow showers.