Region’s first snow may come earlier than expected

WASHINGTON — After some light snowfall Thursday afternoon, could more snow
be on the way?

There is a chance of snow again over the weekend — but you may not need to
grab the snow shovel just yet.

It will get breezy early Friday, drying us out. Blustery
conditions will be the main topic of conversation Friday as gusts will be up
to 25 mph at times. We are talking wind chills in the 20s when you make your
way to work Friday morning. Then when you make your way home they will be in
the 30s.

Later Friday, we will clear to sunshine and eventually those winds will die
down by late Friday evening.

Saturday looks beautiful but chilly as the
arctic high pressure is centered over the region.

By Sunday that high moves
off the coast and we get a light southerly flow which will boost temperatures
slightly on Sunday, topping out around 50 degrees.

Sunday is forecast to be dry at this point but we will increase precipitation
chances as we head into Sunday night. A trough over the western U.S. will
shift east through the weekend and into early next week as an area of low
pressure moves out of the Gulf and to the northeast along a frontal system.

With that being said, I explained Wednesday that there was a chance for snow
or rain on Sunday night through Monday.

At this point, it looks more like a cold rain event with some wet snow flakes
possible at the onset and at the end. This is all due to southerly flow
keeping us in the warm sector for most of the listening area. That low will
pull to the northeast and out to sea on Monday so there is a chance for some
snow showers late on Monday as this system wraps up and another surge of cold
Canadian air moves in. But this is something we will still watch. Not
expecting any accumulation.

Again, not expecting anything major but I do want to mention that it is
shaping up to be a dreary Monday across the region. Temperatures dip even
more, believe it or not, on Tuesday with daytime highs only in the upper 30s
to lower 40s — but at least we will have sunshine!

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