Better stay indoors tonight. A icy mix is coming in tonight that looks to bring sleet and freezing rain across the D.C. area.
- (This is a stock photo of snow in D.C.)
This Afternoon: Increasing Clouds and Cold
Temperatures: 33-38 | Wind: N 5-10 mph
Tonight: Snow to sleet and ice beginning around midnight
Temperatures: 27-30 | Precipitation: 90% chance after midnight
Tomorrow Morning: Icing continuing, slowly changing to cold rain DC E&S
Temperatures: 31 N&W 33 D.C. area | Precipitation: Ice continuing to build up N&W DC
Cold dry air continues to push in at the same time a storm is developing to our west. The evening rush will be fine and dry and the first mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain will move into the Shenandoah Valley by 10 p.m. and reach the D.C. area by 11 p.m.
Dry air will keep the precipitation at bay for a few hours tonight, but milder air over us and cold air near the ground means sleet and freezing rain will continue into Saturday morning. It will stick around D.C. through the morning and into the afternoon across northern areas, the West Virginia panhandle and the Valley until tomorrow afternoon.
Ice well to the west and north of Washington may accumulate 1/4 inch or more. By tomorrow evening, look for just lingering drizzle or cold rain in the metro area but temperatures north and west still near freezing.