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article imagePhoto essay: Winter weather mostly absent in Washington region Special

By Leigh Goessl     Dec 5, 2012 in Lifestyle
Fairfax - As December arrived this past week, on most days it hardly seems like winter at all in the Washington metro area. At this time of year one usually envisions brisk temperatures and heavier coats, but instead temps have been highly irregular.
On some days it's winter coats, other days shorts and t-shirts.
Temperatures reached into the high 60s and low 70s (F) in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia for a couple of days this week. On Monday, the 71 degrees broke a previous record of 70 set in 1950, reports the Washington Post.
While people are in the midst of getting ready for the holidays, they have also been out enjoying the unseasonable warm weather. Days typically start off with a chill, but by mid-morning and early afternoon the days are beautiful.
Shoppers come to Old Town Alexandria s Market Square on a Saturday morning. The farmers  market has ...
Shoppers come to Old Town Alexandria's Market Square on a Saturday morning. The farmers' market has been held since 1753 and is currently open year-round.
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Out on the western side of Fairfax County, Ticonderoga Farms is currently having its Winter Christmas Festival. Over the weekend there were numerous families buying Christmas trees, however many also visited the farm to enjoy the fun.
Families enjoy a hayride at Ticonderoga Farms  Winter Christmas Festival
Families enjoy a hayride at Ticonderoga Farms' Winter Christmas Festival
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People stand in line for a snack/beverage. What people were wearing as December arrived ranged from ...
People stand in line for a snack/beverage. What people were wearing as December arrived ranged from hats and jackets to t-shirts.
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One of the roasting pits at Ticonderoga Farms. Here a teen roasts a marshmallow.
One of the roasting pits at Ticonderoga Farms. Here a teen roasts a marshmallow.
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Very few people stood around the fire this past weekend for warmth with such comfortable temps.
Very few people stood around the fire this past weekend for warmth with such comfortable temps.
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Although the days are warm, on many days we're greeted in the morning by a thin layer of frost. Here are a few morning shots taken in Northern Virginia:
Morning frost observed this past week in Northern Virginia
Morning frost observed this past week in Northern Virginia
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Morning frost observed this past week in Northern Virginia
Morning frost observed this past week in Northern Virginia
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Morning frost observed this past week in Northern Virginia
Morning frost observed this past week in Northern Virginia
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While a dip in temperature is to be expected today and tomorrow, according to local weather reports, it will likely feel "seasonable", however, more spring-like temperatures are anticipated to arrive over the weekend.
An image taken in mid-November  it is still common to see a sight like this in Dec. 2012 in the Wash...
An image taken in mid-November, it is still common to see a sight like this in Dec. 2012 in the Washington area.
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