From the ABC 7 Weather team

A Winter Storm Watch is in effect Friday night into Saturday

January 19, 2012 - 04:30 PM
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A Winter Storm Watch is in effect Friday night into Saturday morning for a storm that may bring freezing rain to the area.

Overnight: Mostly Cloudy, Flurries Possible

Lows: 20s to Near 30 | Wind: NW 5-10 m.p.h.

Friday: AM Sun, PM Clouds, Mix Late

Highs: Upper 30s | Wind: N 4-8 m.p.h.

Saturday: Mostly Cloudy, AM Mix then Rain

Highs: Around 40 | Wind: E 4-8 m.p.h.

A WINTER STORM WATCH is in effect Friday night through Saturday morning for Washington County and points westward in MD and the Eastern Panhandle of WV. A wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain could accumulate up to ¼ inch at locations within the watch area.

A cold front will cross the area tonight accompanied by and followed by snow flurries and snow showers. Flurries are the best forecast for the metro area with snow showers more likely the farther north and west you are from the metro area. There is not a lot of moisture associated with this frontal passage. We will see sunshine for a while tomorrow then look for increasing cloudiness during the afternoon. By tomorrow night, conditions will deteriorate as moisture overspreads the area. The problem is that cold air will be well entrenched across the region (delivered by tonight’s cold front). And that means the precipitation may start as snow or sleet in some areas. Eventually a transition to sleet and freezing rain then to all rain will occur. The timespan during which this occurs is not certain.. For the metro area there is a chance for enough mixed precipitation to require caution while driving. But all indications are that any prolonged hazards will more than likely be north and west of the Washington area. All locations will eventually turn to rain as temperatures rise to or above the 40 degree mark during the day on Saturday. Cloudy and dam weather is forecast for Sunday.

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