As we inch closer to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris, meteorologists have been closely tracking what inauguration weather could look like. They predict that the weather on Inauguration Day will likely be cold with a chance of wind and storms.

The weather that forecasters observed in late December suggested a weakened polar vortex which creates a condition where cold air plunges southward into North America in the middle of January. As the air gets colder, some of it will travel to the south and the east, bringing potential storms. As of writing this, the forecast jet stream pattern indicates a storm that will travel from the southern plains to the Atlantic coast. This potential storm could impact travel between DC and other cities during Inauguration week. Temperatures will stay in the lower 30s and the weather will be blustery, bitter, and with a strong chance of snow flurries. The icy wind which will blow across the West Face of the United States Capitol, where the ceremony will be held, is expected to gust at 30 and 40 mph. If there isn’t a big coastal storm, forecasters predict progressively colder weather and quick-moving storms.

While it won’t be as cold as the inauguration weather of former presidents, the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden is going to be the coldest day of the month so far. It will also have much stronger winds. Experts predict a cloud cover early in the day which should lighten as the day progresses. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no spectators at this ceremony. Instead, 200,000 flags have been placed on the National Mall to represent those who are absent. The Washington Post reports that the winds will probably not be strong enough to lift or blow down the flags.

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