Forecast: Colder with Snow Threats Looming
Flakes likely Wednesday, more possible Friday
After yesterday's high temperatures in the 70s, a colder and more wintry pattern will set the tone for the rest of the week. Some light snow may fall and possibly accumulate a bit for the first time in more than a month Wednesday. Thursday through early Saturday, a second, more significant, round of wintry precipitation could affect the area although there is still a lot of uncertainty on the details.
Sunny, windy. 45-50. Today will be mostly sunny and seasonable for mid to late February. The main story today will be the wind, which could gust in excess of 25-30 mph, especially in the afternoon. High temperatures in the mid to upper 40s will feel quite nippy, more like the 30s. Overnight, winds will diminish but it will still be breezy. Clouds will be on the increase with lows ranging from the lower 20s in the colder suburbs to upper 20s downtown.
Light snow. 30-35. A clipper, a fast moving storm system originating from Canada, will approach the area from the west with some snow likely (60%). Right now, it appears that the best energy will move north of the DC area, leaving us with just a light accumulation -- maybe a dusting to an inch. However, there is still a lot of uncertainty with this system, so keep checking in as we fine tune the forecast -- including a Snow Lover's Crystal Ball later this morning. Any precipitation should quickly taper after dark. Overnight lows will drop to the low to mid 20s under gradually clearing skies.
Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend ...
Partly sunny, cold. 35-40. It will be partly to mostly sunny on Thursday and quite cold with afternoon high temperatures only reaching the mid to upper 30s. Clouds will be on the increase after dark as a complex storm system approaches from the west. Overnight, look for a 30% chance of precipitation (most likely snow) with lows in the mid to upper 20s.
A LOOK AHEAD
On Friday we will still be dealing with this complex storm system. Right now all options are on the table with the most likely a snow to ice/rain scenario. We will be pinpointing the details during the week as they become clearer. Any action should move out by early Saturday, but temperatures will remain cold in the 30s to low 40s. Seasonably cool will be the rule on Sunday with temperatures in the 40s.
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