Winter weather could make for hazardous Monday commute, forecasters warn

Yet another mix of snow and rain is expected to impact the D.C. area Monday, likely making it difficult for motorists intending to navigate the region’s roadways.

The National Weather Service’s D.C. region office is warning of a “potential for hazardous commuting conditions” on Monday, with the potential for a up to an inch of snow to fall from Washington to Baltimore near the end of morning rush hour.

“If this threat does materialize during the Monday morning rush hour, many roads could quickly turn icy,” the weather service said, with temperatures around daybreak forecast to be at or just above freezing. “This could lead to dangerous traveling conditions, multiple accidents and extensive delays.”

Storm Team4 meteorologist Briana Bermensolo said commuters should be on the lookout for the possibility of a brief wintry mix between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. Monday, with a switch-over to all rain for the late morning and afternoon drive.

Areas to the northwest of Interstate 95 have the greatest risk of snow arriving before rush hour’s end, the weather service said. It advised planning ahead by allowing for extra travel time, and considering public transit options or telework.

After Monday, there’s a chance for some pleasant weather. Tuesday’s highs could be in the low 50s, and Wednesday could break into the low 60s with plenty of sunshine in the forecast, according to Bermensolo.


  • Sunday: Clouds return in the evening. Lows in the upper-20s to low-30s.
  • Monday: Wintry mix likely with a switch over to rain. Highs in the low to mid-40s
  • Tuesday: Sunshine, warmer. Highs in the upper-40s to low-50s.
  • Wednesday: Much warmer than the weekend. Highs in the upper-50s to around 60.

Current conditions:

WTOP’s Alejandro Alvarez and Zeke Hartner contributed to this report.

Matt Small

Matt joined WTOP News at the start of 2020, after contributing to Washington’s top news outlet as an Associated Press journalist for nearly 18 years.

Federal News Network Logo
Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you.

Sign up