A complex weather system will make its way east today through the Midwest and Ohio Valley bringing with it light snow and rain showers. I say this system is complex because it's not just one area of low pressure, but the combination of a strong polar cold front combining energy with a disturbance that has tracked east from the Plains. Energy will then transition to a coastal low off the Carolina coastline Saturday morning which should then rapidly intensify as it heads northeast over the Atlantic. Getting a little more complicated now? Here's our latest thoughts in our video update.
Best chance for snow: The highest liklihood of measureable snowfall in our region will be north and west of D.C. Cold air will move into that area first and therefore should change any rain over to snow much faster. There is the possibility for an inch or two of snow around Hagerstown, MD as well as parts of Frederick County in MD. Even with the accumulations, roads should be wet as road temperatures will be above freezing and temperatures should stay above freezing as well. The farther south and east you travel, the longer the rain will take to changeover to snow.
- Snowfall forecast through Saturday morning
Will we all see snow? I think most everyone in the D.C. area will see snow at some point tomorrow. Not only will rain change over to snow in the morning hours but patches of flurries or light snow will also be possible in the afternoon as the low intensifies off the east coast. Gusty winds and cold temperatures will accompany the snow showers so not a great day to head outdoors. Speaking of winds, Saturday night into Sunday, winds will be sustained around 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.