From the ABC 7 Weather team

A historic October winter storm for D.C. and the East Coast

October 28, 2011 - 10:04 PM
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The latest forecast has shifted to rain over snow in much of area into Saturday evening, which may still end as some wet snow.

The latest forecast has shifted to rain over snow in much of area into Saturday evening, which may still end as some wet snow.

It was chilly Friday night at the Rockville Town Center as a cold rain began what could become a snowy, slushy weekend – much earlier than usually.

“It’s supposed to be leaves blowing, goblins and spooks and no snow,” said Baltimore resident Sharon Mayr.

Danyel Soboleski had to borrow a winter coat from her mother before leaving the house tonight. “Mother nature's confused as far as I'm concerned,” she said.

Crews across spent the day gearing up with snow drills in D.C. and Prince George's county.

“We've been training year round for this, we're getting ready, today we're going to show we're ready,” said Robert Marsili, snow coordinator for the D.C. department of public works.

In Hagerstown, residents could get 5 inches of snow, which will likely result in power outages.

“People aren't expecting, its really going to catch them off guard,” said Trudy Mackrell-Metz.

Pepco said in a statement they are preparing for the storm, but concerned wet snow and leaves will weight down trees. Should trees falter under the weight, it could lead to power outages.

Major power outages, however, appear much less of a threat than earlier in the day. Power problems, if they occur, are more likely further west into western Maryland.

The weather impacts will likely be more limited to high spots in Frederick County, Md., and along the Maryland- Pennsylvania border. Most of our area will see rain brief end as snow.

Overnight: Rain And Chilly Any Sbow West Blue Ridge

Lows: 35-40 | Rain: Rain Light into Morning

Tomorrow Morning: Rain DC area Rain mixing with Wet Snow arond Noon well west and northwest

Temperatures: 34-39 | Snow: Mixing Nigh Area Mont -Loudoun around Noon

Tomorrow Afternoon: Rain Mixing with some Wet Snow West DC before ending 5-9PM

Temperatures: 33-38 | Snow: 2-4" 20-40 miles N and W DC

The rare October winter-type storm is now taking better shape. The most  trend continues to be a bit milder meaning essentially all rain for the DC area.I talk about the importance of watching  trends in today's blog . With a track more west it also means more of an ocean influence on the storm. Ocean City's water temperature is 61. That means lower air is sure warm enough to keep the precipitation in the D.C. area mainly rain. One inch of rain is likely by late Saturday. As the storm pulls away cold air might briefly mix to the ground and bring brief wet snow even to D.C., There will be snow in the very high spots well west and in West Virginia and into the Northeast and New England but the Washington metro area will get off with really only rain.  Good news when we will hear about the power outages in the Northeast and New England

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