WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES in effect for Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties in MD and in King George, Stafford, Spotsylvania and Southern Fauquier Counties in VA until 1 am Friday morning for snow and sleet POSSIBLY accumulating up to 2” or 3”. *Advisory Map Here*
Tonight: Rain, sleet and snow still expected. Most will be generally south of Washington
Temperatures: 30s, but dropping into the 20s during the early morning hours | Wind: N 5-15 mph
Friday: Mostly sunny, breezy and chilly.
Highs: Mid to Upper 30s | Wind: N 10-20 mph
Saturday: Partly cloudy.
Highs: Mid 40s | Wind: S 5-15 mph
Faulty guidance and poor forecasting methods led to much of the hype surrounding the snow “storm” that would “hit” Washington. We passed along the WINTER STORM WATCH. We did not issue it. This was never going to be a major impact event and we have been playing down and throttling back the scope and impact since yesterday afternoon. Snow and sleet may develop this evening as colder air is entrained into two low pressure centers moving across the GA and SC. Very little impact is expected across the metro area and virtually no impact expected through the northern listening areas. Within and south of the ADVISORY areas, snow and sleet accumulations are still quite possible. Accumulations in the metropolitan Washington area will be less than an inch.
Clearing skies and falling temperatures will make “patchy ice” a potential problem overnight and through the Friday morning rush. Mostly sunny skies are forecast for tomorrow with gusty winds and cold temperatures. Partly cloudy skies are expected Saturday and Sunday with highs in the middle 40s. By Monday, Inauguration Day and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, breezy and colder weather is forecast with mostly cloudy skies and scattered flurries. Even colder weather will arrive on Tuesday and Wednesday.