From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Weather Forecast: Winter Weather for D.C. Thursday afternoon

January 16, 2013 - 10:54 AM
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A Southern storm is sneaking up to bring a quick hit of winter weather to D.C. Thursday afternoon/evening.

This Afternoon: Cloudy with a few lingering showers

Highs: Low to Mid 40s | Rain: 30%

Tonight: Mostly Cloudy

Lows: Upper 30s to around 40 | Wind: W 5

Thursday: Afternoon Rain changing to Snow

Temperatures: 40s A.M. Falling into 30s P.M. | Snow: 50%

The steady rain will be coming to an end this afternoon with just a few left over intermittent showers this afternoon.  The freezing rain is also ending now after some light accumulations in Northern Maryland and West Virginia.  One of our viewers, Christina Smith, sent of this photo of ice collecting on the trees early this morning in Frederick County, MD.   



Photo: Christina Smith.  Frederick County, MD


Cloudy skies stick around tonight.  But, the big weather headline is the tricky forecast for Thursday afternoon.  After a few days of model consistencies keeping a storm well to the south of D.C.  A few models now bringing it not only into the metro, but timing it with the arrival of cold air so that the rain changes to snow just in time for the evening commute!  Confidence is growing that the metro may receive as much as 1-3" of snow.  There will be less along the Mason Dixon line, perhaps just a dusting on the northern fringe of the system.  Southern Maryland will have the greatest chances of seeing accumulations.  There is a greater degree of uncertainty than normal as the system is still developing and we will be on the cusp of moisture and we also have to watch the timing of the cold air moving in.  Stay tuned to ABC7 for the latest and any potential changes on this storm.

 

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