Expect freezing rain and sleet moving into the region tonight, clearing for the end of the work week.
- This Afternoon:
- Quiet, Increasing Clouds
- Temperatures: Upper 30s/Lower 40s
- Wind: NE 4-8 mph
- Freezing Rain (Sleet/Snow Pockets)
- Lows: Around 30
- Precipitation: 90%
- Change to Rain-Out by Mid Afternoon
- Highs: Mid to Upper 40s
- Wind: Increasing in the Evening: W 5-15 mph
Winter Storm warnings and freezing rain advisories, both go into effect at 7PM tonight.
We will start to see the first signs of precip scoot into the area between 8PM – 11PM tonight. It could start off as a mix (snow/sleet with pockets of freezing rain) in the warning areas (pink) while around DC and where you find the freezing rain advisories, it should mainly be all a freezing rain event. The temperatures in the counties shaded in purple should rise above freezing by 6AM and see a changeover to just plain rain by then on Wednesday while north and west of town (counties shaded in pink) will hold onto the colder air slightly longer, leading to a prolonged period of freezing rain early tomorrow morning. Temperature in the warning area should rise above freezing between 7AM – 11AM (valleys could hold on slightly longer) and a change to just plain rain will take place.
Plain rain will continue through the early to mid-afternoon and then we will quickly get some clearing around the region. Temperatures tomorrow afternoon will shoot up into the mid to upper 40s. The wind will pick up slightly in the late afternoon into the early evening hours. There could absolutely be some power outages as we head into the afternoon hours, mainly for the areas that pick up more ice accumulation (North and West of DC). A mix of sun and clouds on Thursday and Friday as high pressure builds into the region. Temperatures on those days will be in the mid to upper 30s to low 40s.
By the weekend we will have our eyes on the next system, a possible coastal low that will affect the region by late Saturday night into Sunday. The information is all over the place today concerning the weekend storm so we will take it one storm at a time. Track is a huge concern for us-we could get a mixed bag or snow….