From the ABC 7 Weather team

Heavy rain and snow in the forecast over the next 24 hours

December 7, 2011 - 07:38 AM
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A cold front will move through the region producing rain that will be heavy at times.  Rain changes to snow N&W tonight.

Wednesday: Rain, Heavy At Times; Falling Temperatures

Highs: Falling Through The 50s Into the 40s | Wind: N 5-10

Overnight: Windy; Rain Ending; Change To Snow N&W; Minor Accumulations 1-2 N&W, Higher Elevations 2-4, Coating DC Metro; All Mainly On Grassy Areas

Lows: 30s | Wind: WNW 10-15+ Gusts 25-30

Thursday: Partly To Mostly Sunny; Blustery

Highs: Mid 40s | Wind: NW 10-15+ Gusts 20

A cold front will move through the region today producing rain that will be heavy at times. One to two inches of rainfall is expected from this system and a Flood Watch is in place for D.C., surrounding Counties and parts of the Shenandoah Valley. Temperatures will continue to slide through the 50s and into the 40s by this afternoon. Winds will increase as a strong but fast moving area of low pressure moves through the area tonight. A change over to snow will occur north and west of town where a Winter Weather Advisory is in place for Montgomery, Frederick, Loudoun, Northern Fauquier, Rappahannock and all Counties west from 7PM through 1AM. Accumulations will be mostly on elevated surfaces and grassy areas. Higher elevations could pick up 2-4 inches with some of the highest elevations in excess of 5 inches. Most other Counties will see between 1-2 inches with only a coating possible inside the Beltway. The storm will be moving very fast which means that all precipitation should come to an end around 3AM. Blustery winds with partly to mostly sunny skies can be expected Thursday with highs in the mid-40s which means that any snow will quickly melt away. Dry conditions and plenty of sunshine will be the rule through the weekend and into early next week with daytime highs in the 40s.

~ Have a good day!

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