A cold front is moving in on the D.C. area, and some parts of the region have seen a few flurries, flakes and raindrops. Little to no accumulation is expected and the sunshine is expected to return Sunday.
WASHINGTON — April showers brought some snowflakes to the D.C. area Saturday afternoon, as a cold front crosses the region.
But the National Weather Service said the little snowfall is “evaporating before reaching the ground.”
Does the sky look “heavy”, as if something may be falling from the clouds? There is! Regional composite shows snow falling over the metro, but the local radar at our office shows it evaporating before reaching the ground – “Virga” pic.twitter.com/20611exQch
Most afternoon precipitation was in Central Virginia to southern Maryland.
The region could still see a few flakes, flurries and raindrops during the rest of the day, but Storm Team 4’s Somara Theodore said it should start to clear up as we enter the overnight hours.
The biggest “threat” of the weekend will be the odds of a hard freeze Sunday morning. Cherry Blossoms do not fare well below freezing and most areas will be in the upper 20s to 30s overnight and Sunday morning, said Theodore.
Here is the forecast for the next few days
Sunday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid to upper 40s.
Monday: Cloudy and wet. Rain in the morning with chance of snow. Highs in the mid to upper 40s.
The D.C. area has seen snow in April before but it is relatively rare.
Measurable snow has only been recorded three times in the last 50 years at Reagan National Airport, most recently on April 7, 2007. The area also had previous bouts of April snow in 1990 and 1972.
The latest major snowfall of the year, meaning 4 inches or more, for the D.C. region happened during the April Fools’ Day Storm in 1924.
D.C. got 5 inches of snow. Baltimore got more than 9 inches.