PM Update: Pre-Holiday Thaw, Plus Showers
Touch of ice tonight? Holiday travel mostly wet, not wintry
Winter Weather Advisory from 10 p.m. tonight to 10 a.m. Wednesday
The onset of light breezes from the south this afternoon and evening spells the beginning of the end to our early-week bout with biting cold. Temperatures rose today from morning lows in the teens to the low 30s in most spots this afternoon, and will stay near that mark through tonight before truly thawing out during the day tomorrow.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of some spotty light freezing rain and rain, with coverage increasing towards morning. With temperatures holding mostly steady in the low 30s, a few icy spots could develop overnight where any rain occurs. Be cautious if a road or sidewalk looks wet through the early-morning hours -- it could be icy instead.
Tomorrow (Christmas Eve): Clouds remain tomorrow and showers are a better threat, with the best chance being early in the morning and then again in the late afternoon and evening. Temperatures, however, will rise steadily through the morning to afternoon highs in the low 50s. So any early-morning patches of ice will quickly melt away.
See Matt Rogers' forecast for Christmas Day and beyond. Leaving the D.C. area? Continue reading this post for our travel forecast...
Travel Weather: Other than the potential for some light icing early Wednesday morning from the D.C. area northward into Pennsylvania, the only precipitation Christmas Eve travelers in the eastern U.S. are likely to encounter is rain (not that that's any fun). The heaviest showers look to set up along a line from southwest to northeast in Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, western Maryland, Pennsylvania, northern New Jersey and into the New York City area.
I-95 northbound up the East Coast could be along the eastern edge of Wednesday's heavier shower activity, with the best chance of precipitation probably in the afternoon and evening. So if you're headed that direction, the earlier you go (but after any early-morning iciness) the better. Those going south should hit only light showers, if any.
Snow and sleet in Chicago could have ripple effects at airports in the D.C. area and nationwide.
Virtually the entire eastern two-thirds of the nation clears out nicely for Christmas Day.
Updated 12:00 a.m. Wed. Dec. 24, 2008
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