From the ABC 7 Weather team

Winter Weather Advisory North and West of D.C.

February 8, 2013 - 10:40 AM
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For the District and places south and east, it's all rain. North and west a wintry mix with accumulating snow in spots.

Today: Rain but mix and snow N&W. 1"-2" in places under Advisory
Highs: 40°-46°
Wind: N to NW 10 mph but increasing this afternoon

Tonight: Windy and colder with flurries and snow showers
Lows: 24°-32°
Wind: NW 15-25, G 40 mph

Tomorrow: Partly to mostly sunny, windy and cold
Highs: 37°-42°
Wind: NW 15-25 with gusts to 35 mph

It was a familiar winter weather pattern this morning with rain around Washington and points south and east. meanwhile, locations farther north and west of Washington had snow, sleet and freezing rain with pockets of measurable snowfall. Most local areas will transition to all rain by noon.

There are still two distinct storm centers. One is dumping snow across the Great Lakes. The other, more amplified system, is moving across the Carolinas. These two systems will phase this afternoon, creating a single coastal storm that will rapidly intensify tonight. It will become the Blizzard of 2013 for areas from northern NJ through coastal Maine. Hurricane force wind gusts and over 2 feet of snow will dramtically affect millions of people.

We will get some fringe effects of the developing blizzard this evening and tonight in the form of strong gusty winds, falling temperatures and flurries and snow showers. There might even be some minor snow accumulations north and east of Washington. Temperatures will fall into the 20s tonight and climb only into the upper 30s tomorrow. It will be partly cloudy and very windy. Highs will reach the upper 40s on Sunday and the middle 50s on Monday.

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