Presidents Day weekend brings another chance for snow in DC region

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Rain is in the forecast for Thursday evening and more snow could be in store this weekend, after residents in parts of the D.C. region saw a dusting earlier this week.

Here’s what you need to know.

Expect colder temperatures in the 20s and clear skies Thursday morning into the afternoon. Things will start to get wet later in the day as fast-moving weather comes into the D.C.-area by the evening.

There’s a chance of widespread sprinkles Thursday night into Friday morning.

Clouds will pick up throughout the day Friday ahead of the snow system, which could arrive late Friday, according to 7News First Alert Meteorologist Mark Peña.

“This brings with it the chance for some widespread, light snow across the area. You could wake up to about an inch or 2 by Saturday morning,” Peña said.

However, Peña doesn’t expect the snow to last long as temperatures will warm back to the 40s by Saturday afternoon.

Veronica Johnson, 7News First Alert Chief Meteorologist, said to expect flakes to start falling by around 11 p.m. Friday.

“[There’s] a chance for some accumulating snowfall, between 1 and 3 inches, melting at the onset, but between 2 and 7 a.m. we could see that snow stick a little bit to some area roads, bridges, overpasses, if the rate is high enough — certainly on grassy areas,” Johnson said.

The snow chance comes after a brief burst of wintry weather hit areas north and west of D.C. on Tuesday morning.

Full forecast

Morning sun, afternoon clouds
Stray afternoon light showers/sprinkles
Highs: 48-53
Winds: South 5-15, Gusts to 20 mph
It’s a clear and freezing cold morning, so bundle up out the door. We’ll enjoy sunshine this morning with skies becoming cloudy around lunchtime. Skies will brighten again towards the late afternoon and nearing sunset. High temperatures will be near 50 degrees with a southerly breeze. A fast-moving clipper system coming out of the Great Lakes, will track north of us tonight. There’s a chance for a few showers or sprinkles for areas north and west of D.C. after 5 p.m. Western Maryland, the eastern panhandle of West Virginia and Frederick County, Maryland, have the best chance of seeing a few raindrops.

Mainly clear
Lows: 33-38
Winds: Northwest 5-15, Gusts to 20 mph
Our winds will shift out of the northwest after the front slides through, so expect a wind chilled night. Air temperatures will remain above freezing, but wind chills will likely fall into the 20s for many neighborhoods by tomorrow morning.

Increasing clouds
Highs: 48-51
Winds: Northwest 5-15+ mph
Clouds will increase tomorrow ahead of another weather maker that could bring snow to the area by Saturday morning. It will be dry for the majority of the day with highs nearing 50 degrees. As of this writing, expect snow to develop from west to east Friday night with snow along the I-81 corridor by 11 p.m. and snow to the D.C. metro by midnight.

PRESIDENTS DAY WEEKEND: Our team is on a WINTER ALERT Saturday, as you could wake up to an inch or two of snow on the ground by daybreak. The bulk of the snow will fall during the overnight hours with snow ending between 6 to 8 a.m. Plan for a blustery Saturday with wind gusts between 25-30 mph. High temperatures will be below average, only reaching the upper 30s to low 40s. Wind chills will remain below freezing all day.

Sunday morning will start off very cold with temperatures in the teens and 20s. High temperatures Sunday afternoon will climb back into the upper 40s to around 50 degrees with a strong southwesterly breeze. Wind chills will near 40 degrees, so it will still be plenty cold, but at least the higher sun angle should make it feel a little better in the sunshine. Presidents Day Monday is trending sunny and milder with highs in the low 50s. Above average temperatures are expected into next week.

Current conditions

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Thomas Robertson

Thomas Robertson is an Associate Producer and Web Writer/Editor at WTOP. After graduating in 2019 from James Madison University, Thomas moved away from Virginia for the first time in his life to cover the local government beat for a small daily newspaper in Zanesville, Ohio.

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