From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Weather Forecast: Wintry Drizzle Tonight, Chilly Rain Saturday

February 22, 2013 - 03:45 PM
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Winter Weather Advisories in effect until 10 a.m. Saturday for Carroll and Frederick Counties and points westward in MD and in Loudoun, Fauquier and Rappahannock counties and points westward in VA. Possibility of sleet, freezing rain and freezing drizzle.

Tonight: Patchy light freezing rain/drizzle N and W of D.C.; all liquid elsewhere

Lows: In the 30s | Wind: SSE 5 mph

Saturday: Cloudy and not as cold with areas of rain, especially along and east of I-95

Highs: Middle 40s | Wind: E 5-10 mph

Sunday: Partly sunny and milder.

Highs: Around 50 degrees | Wind: N 5-15 mph

Very light precipitation will continue through the evening. The precipitation could be in the form of sleet or rain or drizzle or freezing drizzle. The good news is that the amount of stuff falling will be light. What will be critical tonight are the surface temperatures. If the temperature is 33 or higher, it can rain forever and it will not freeze. But drop the temperature to 31 degrees or lower and those areas of light rain or drizzle become freezing rain and freezing drizzle. Those concerns were the reasons behind the National Weather Service issuing the Advisories. Tomorrow will not be a pleasant outdoor weather day but at least we won’t have to worry about ice or snow. An area of coastal low pressure will develop tonight near the Outer Banks and move northward tomorrow.

That will produce areas of rain throughout the day….especially along and east of I-95. Sunshine will return to the area on Sunday and Monday with highs both days around 50 degrees. Note to snow lovers….don’t give up quite yet. Another push of cold air will arrive late next week. We will see what happens.

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