From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Forecast: Mild Sunday, but a messy Monday with snow & rain likely

February 2, 2014 - 10:45 AM
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Look for a mostly cloudy, but very mild Sunday with highs in the mid to upper 50s.  A cold front tonight will bring a mix of rain and snow, with more snow likely north and west.

This Afternoon:
Turning Mostly Cloudy, Seasonably Mild
Highs: 55-60
Wind: Calm
Rain Likely
Lows: 33-36
Rain: 80% Chance
Mix of Rain & Snow, More Snow N & W
Highs: 30-36
Precipitation: 100% Chance

Whether Punxsutawney Phil's prognostication this morning for six more weeks of winter turns out to be accurate or not, for the next 24 to 36 hours, it rings true.  With a WINTER STORM WATCH in effect  for tonight and tomorrow for areas north and west of the city, there will be no early spring this early February.  For today, however, there will be a hint of spring in the air with temperatures rising to the mid and even upper 50s under increasingly cloudy skies.  The welcome warmth started with Friday's 51 degree high at Reagan National and continued yesterday with a high of 53; the average temperature on Saturday was a balmy 48, the best reading since back on January 20th when we hit 49.

Light winds from the south - providing for our pleasant Sunday - are ahead of a cold front now making its way across the Midwest.  With the front expected to stall to our south, it will be a convenient conduit for low pressure to bring rain and snow to the area late tonight and tomorrow.  With temperatures so mild today, it will take some time for tonight's rain to change over to snow.  That is likely to happen first in counties north and west of DC; those areas could eventually see up to 5 inches of wet snow by afternoon.  For DC and areas to the south and east, any snow will likely be just a 1/2 inch or less.  High temperatures tomorrow are expected in the mid 30s.  Yet another chance of a wintry mix is possible on Wednesday and then again late in the week.  It may not be Super Weather for much of the coming week, but this Super Sunday's is Pretty Good!  Enjoy!

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