PM Update: Freezing rain advisory tonight N & W
Plain rain, raw Saturday
originally posted at 3:15 p.m., updated at 9:15 p.m.
9:15 p.m. update: Precipitation is taking its time moving north. Radar doesn't show any activity nearby and latest guidance indicates it may hold off until the pre-dawn hours. Temperatures are generally above freezing in the mid-30s except for places like Frederick, Hagerstown, Winchester, and Martinsburg. It's these places that are most likely to see some very light icing early in the morning - but everyone should check temps before headed out.
From 3:15 p.m.: Despite the clouds, filtered sunshine and light flow from the south have helped temperatures reach around 40 degrees today. A storm to the south lifts north overnight providing light rain late for most of the region. But some of the cold spots mainly west and northwest of Prince William, Fairfax, and eastern Montgomery county may see some pockets of light freezing rain. It's these areas that are under a freezing rain advisory through early-to-mid Saturday morning. Any freezing rain turns to rain during the day Saturday.
Through Tonight: No problems at all for the evening commute with just cloudy skies. Even late night revelers may stay dry as light precipitation now looks to break out after 1 a.m. Rain is the dominant precipitation type, but some of the normally colder locations well north and west of the District may encounter some light freezing rain. Lows range from 31 to 35. Pay close attention to the temperature, particularly if you are out very late at night or pre-dawn. In areas which get freezing rain, a light glaze of ice is possible mainly on untreated (sidewalks, side roads) and elevated (bridges, ramps, and overpasses) surfaces.
Tomorrow (Saturday): Any freezing rain quickly changes to plain rain. The rain is generally light and intermittent, with totals only up to a quarter of an inch or so likely. By late afternoon and early evening, the precipitation cuts off. In the same, normally colder areas that get freezing rain Friday night, there's a 30-40% chance the precipitation ends as some conversational wet snowflakes with little or no accumulation. It's a raw cold, day with highs 35-40.
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