After icy start, DC area warms up

Freezing rain and sleet coated area roads with ice Tuesday morning but the rain that followed washed it away as temperatures picked up.

Unfortunately, the upward temperature trend won’t last.

Here’s what you need to know.

Parts of the northern suburbs saw light freezing rain and sleet overnight, while those in the south mostly received some light rain and drizzle.

Temperatures ticked up by mid-morning and rain melted most of the ice away.

The rain will taper off later Tuesday.

Wednesday is forecast to be pleasant, with a mix of sun and clouds and temperatures in the mid-40s. There is a chance for flurries overnight Wednesday.

Thursday and Friday are expected to be cold and windy.

The next chance for an impactful storm will be Sunday into Monday.


  • Tuesday: Rain tapers off. Highs in the low 40s.
  • Wednesday: Partly cloudy and nice. Temperatures in the mid-40s.
  • Thursday: Partly cloudy, windy and cold. Temperatures in the mid-30s, with wind chills in the teens and 20s.
  • Friday: Sunny, bitterly cold and windy. Temperatures in the low to mid-30s, with wind chills in the teens and low 20s.

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Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Writer/Editor for He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University.

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